Russian army officer captured on Ukrainian checkpoint near Donetsk with a truck full of ammo.

Yesterday night at 10 pm State Border Guard Service of Ukraine stopped “KAMAZ” truck full of ammunition at checkpoint “Berezove”. Inside the truck there was Russian army officer in a rank of a major and another terrorists of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.

Ukrainian Border Guards stopped a truck with Russian officer and ammunition near Donetsk

Ukrainian Border Guards stopped a truck with Russian officer and ammunition near Donetsk

The truck with ammo was going from Donetsk to Yasne controlled by pro-Russian terrorists, but the driver missed the turn and they got to Ukrainian checkpoint near Berezove.

Terrorists truck with ammo and Russian officer missed the turn and got to Ukrainian checkpoint

Terrorists truck with ammo and Russian officer missed the turn and got to Ukrainian checkpoint

Ukrainian Border Guard Service also posted a video of the truck with ammo and the Russian soldier who was driving the truck. The video is available on their YouTube channel. In the video Russian officer says that he was stationed in Donetsk since March 5, 2015 and he was taking the ammo to the camps located in Yasne. At the last terrorists checkpoint he was given direction to go straight, but never went on this route before and didn’t realize that he actually needed to take a turn.

Below is the full transcript of the conversation between the Ukrainian solder and the captured Russian POW.

Ukrainian soldier: Where were you brought to?

Russian soldier: We were brought to the Army Corps.

Ukrainian soldier: Where is that Army Corps?

Russian soldier: I don’t know the address…

Ukrainian soldier: City?

Russian soldier: Donetsk.

Ukrainian soldier: Donetsk. How do you know that was the Army Corps? Somebody told you that?

Russian soldier: Yes.

Ukrainian soldier: Who?

Russian soldier: The senior. When I reported on my arrival. We were taken inside the building quickly, we were taken on the 3rd or 4th floor to the conference room with all our stuff. They told us not to leave the building. Nobody was given us any instructions or anything like that. Later representatives were just coming, from military units… Fictitious names…

Ukrainian soldier: Fictitious?

Russian soldier: Yes.

Ukrainian soldier: So when you were coming from the Russian territory, each of you already had his own fictitious name? 

Russian soldier: Yes.

Ukrainian soldier: OK, tell me the name.

Russian soldier: Mine?

Ukrainian soldier: Yes, fictitious.

Russian soldier: Ovsyannikov.

Ukrainian soldier: Ovsyannikov… What position you took in the brigade?

Russian soldier: I got in the brigade on a position of the head of R.A.W. supply service. (R.A.W. is abbreviation of Rocket and Artillery Weapon – in Russian it is “Р.А.В.”)

Ukrainian soldier: Of the brigade?

Russian soldier: Yes.

Ukrainian soldier: 5th brigade?

Russian soldier: Yes.

Ukrainian soldier: How long have you been in Donetsk?

Russian soldier: Since March 5.

Ukrainian soldier: Until what day?

Russian soldier: Until today.

Ukrainian soldier: So today you were driving from Donetsk?

Russian soldier: Yes.

Ukrainian soldier: And where were you driving to?

Russian soldier: To Yasnoye.

Ukrainian soldier: Where?

Russian soldier: Yasnoye.

Ukrainian soldier: Who gave you the task?

Russian soldier: The commander of the brigade.

Ukrainian soldier: Have you been driving there before?

Russian soldier: No. So I didn’t know the way. On the last checkpoint I was told to go straight. There will be…

Ukrainian soldier: When did he give you the last task?

Russian soldier: Yesterday I was on the meeting

Ukrainian soldier: Personally with him?

Russian soldier: Yes, sure, and today in the morning on a briefing he told me not to forget that we were going tomorrow to the camps in Yastnoye. He asked me what I was supposed to do. I told him my task was to take ammo there and he told me “do it”.

The truck that belongs to illegal armed groups arrived to Ukrainian checkpoint from the direction of Olenivka village located on the territory of Donetsk Region which is under control of Donetsk People’s Republic. There were 2 men in military uniform without any insignia. In order to stop the vehicle border guards shot in the air few times and called for support.

Docs with terrorist group symbolic

Docs with terrorist group symbolic

While checking the truck border guards found out that one of the two men is an officer of regular Russian army according to his words, his military rank is major, and the other man is a member of illegal armed group. Inside the truck there were a lot of boxes with ammunition. There were grenades F-1, shells of different caliber and grenades for RPG-7B.

Ammunition found in a truck

Ammunition found in a truck

Ammunition found in a truck

Ammunition found in a truck

Ammunition found in a truck

Ammunition found in a truck

Reported by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at dpsu.gov.ua and more photos were posted her.

UPDATE on July 28, 2015: Russian OG-7V fragmentation grenades identified as part of the ammo captured at Ukrainian checkpoint.

UPDATE on July 30, 2015: Captured Russian officer Starkov explained how and how many Russian soldiers get recruited to fight in Ukraine. Full transcript of the video.

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