Security Service of Ukraine detained militant of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic who joined separatists in 2014 and was trained on a military base located in Russia near Rostov-on-Don city.
Lieutenant of armed forces of terrorist organization DPR was detained by Security Service of Ukraine. The terrorist had AK riffle with grenade launcher and night vision goggles.
In 2014 the militant joined separatists. He was a member of terrorist group “OPLOT”. He said that there were about 400-500 so-called “militia” (Russian and Ukrainian citizens) training on a military base, later they were taking part in military activities on temporary occupied territories of Ukraine.
He went to Russia twice and was trained for artillery service under the command of officers of regular Russian army on a training ground located near Rostov-on-Don.
He also said that officers of regular Russian army serve as “advisers” at armed groups of terrorists.
Security Service of Ukraine also posted a video of detained militant where he explains how he got recruited and where he was trained in Russia. Below is also transcript of what he said translated into English.
My name is Sergey, born in 1989, citizen of Ukraine, resident of Torez city. As a member of “OPLOT” I took part in Anti-Maidan. On July 12 2014 I voluntarily joined terrorist organization DPR. Because there was a shortage of artillerymen, I was sent to a training center with 40 other men that was located in Rostov-on-Don. In the training center I studied artillery service under command of Russian officers. There were not only Ukrainian citizens, but also Russian citizens who were later sent to Donbass. After 1 month of training our group with military equipment and ammunition was sent to Donetsk People’s Republic. Cossacks were not informed about our movement and the group got under friendly fire, only 7 men survived. Because I was seriously wounded I wasn’t able to take part in military activities. I stayed there as instructor. I got military rank “Lieutenant”. In October 2014 I was sent to Rostov again to improve my skills. After 2 weeks of training I returned to Snizhne where I was training artillery units. “Advisers” in our military unit were Russian officers.
Reported by Security Service of Ukraine at www.sbu.gov.ua