On May 16 Ukrainian military wounded and captured 2 Russian GRU soldiers 20km from Lugansk near Shchastya city. A group of Russian special forces servicemen came close to Ukrainian fortification line as they had information that the positions were left by Ukrainian Army and they were going to check if that was so. They were spotted and in a short fight killed one Ukrainian soldier and were wounded trying to retreat. The captured Russian soldiers are Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeniy Yerofeyev. Read interview of Aleksandrov recorded at the hospital in Shchastya here “I am a soldier of Russian Federation”. Full translation of the video of Russian POW published by Ukrainian soldier.
In January 2015 we posted a video of Russian special forces servicemen in Lugansk, their military trucked parked in the center of Lugansk near the central market, they got out and passed by operator. Read details here Russian Army unit moving in the center of Lugansk equipped with “AS Val” assault riffles Captain of GRU Yevgeniy Yerofeyev was also recorded on this video. The video was taken on Jan 12 2015.
After Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov were captured there were taken to a hospital in Kiev. On May 19 2015 Security Service of Ukraine posted a video of Yerofeyev where he gives explanation about who he is, how he got to Ukraine and how he was captured. The video is available with English subtitles
As you can see in the video Yerofeyev claims that he can’t remember when he got to Ukraine and says that was in April. Well… that’s not true. When he answers a question about his arrival to Lugansk, he makes a pause. That’s typical when somebody is lying as you need to think what to say. When you are saying the truth you just say it straight without thinking.
Later on May 22 2015 Yerofeyev gave interview to Russian news agency “Novaya Gazeta”. See the video below.
Yerofeyev has high military rank “Captain” in Russian military intelligence. So he knows what to say and what not to say and he understands the situation very well. More likely he was stationed in Lugansk for a long time, meeting Russian special forces groups coming for rotation and showing them around. You can watch the video taken in Lugansk below with Yerofeyev and other Russian soldiers.