A resident of Mariupol who got recruited by Russian citizen surrendered to Ukrainian Army after spending one month with militants of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. According to him he got disappointed in “Russian World” and was paid only 30 USD after 4 weeks of his “military service”.
DPR militant surrendered to Ukrainian soldiers
My name is Maxim, I am resident of Mariupol. A friend of mine who is a resident of Russian Federation offered me to join militia of Donetsk People’s Republic and promised a salary of 1000 USD per month. He said that he spent a year as a militant in Motorolla’s group called “Sparta”… From Mariupol I came to Samara (Russia), from Samara to Rostov with a friend of mine. In Rostov at a bus station we met a person who was taking people to Donetsk (Ukraine). We got on a bus and there were also 2 Russian citizens with us. We had 850 Rubles, so we got to the border for 800 Rubles, at the border we were allowed to pass by and went to Donetsk to the bus station. At the bus station Russians took us to recruitment office by taxi. At the recruitment office in Donetsk we met with curators, they took us to military unit in Novoazovsk. At Novoazovsk we were just securing the territory of the military unit. Military commanders like Colonels from Russian Federation were coming there, Russians, and they were checking what is going on…
– Maxim, detained militant of DPR
Security Service of Ukraine together with soldiers of 36th separate mechanized brigade of Armed Forces of Ukraine detailed a militant of terrorist organization “DPR” near Pyshchevyk village.
At the beginning of March of 2016 a resident of Mariupol was recruited by Russian citizen to one of terrorist groups. He was promised a salary of 1000 USD per month for his service and he became operator of anti-tank guided missile system.
The militant also guarded one of the headwaters and was working at different checkpoints, he took part in building fortifications.
The criminal was shocked by lack of discipline and alcoholism among terrorists. Also instead of 1000 USD he was only paid 2000 Rubles (about 30 USD). After getting disappointed in “Russian World” he run away and surrendered to Ukrainian soldiers.
Just in the last 24 hours pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian positions 69 times! All cease-fire violations were registered in Donetsk Region. Militants used 120 and 82 mm mortars banned by Minsk Agreements. 7 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded, nobody was killed. 13 508 people crossed the contact line via checkpoints in ATO zone yesterday.
Map of attacks in ATO zone in the last 24 hours
Here is report posted today by Press Center of Headquarters of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO), see original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news
Pro-Russian militants continue to shell fortifications of Armed Forces of Ukraine located in ATO zone. In the last 24 hours they attacked our positions near Donetsk and Mariupol 69 times.
Mortar attacks on Ukrainian fortifications in Zaitseve and Mayorsk continued. The enemy was using mortars of 120 and 82 mm caliber. Our positions in Krasnohorivka, Verhnyotoretske, Talakivka and Pavlopil were also shelled by mortars.
After military activity near Mariinka during the day the enemy continued to shell our positions using grenade launchers and small firearms.
The situation in other areas along the contact line was also tense. Positions of Armed Forces of Ukraine in Opytne, Troitske, Pisky and Avdiivka were shelled with the use of grenade launchers and high caliber machine guns.
National Security and Defense Council reported that 7 Ukrainian soldier were wounded in the last 24 hours and no soldier was killed. See report here.
State Border Guard Service of Ukraine opened “Mariinka” Checkpoint today in the morning. You can see their report here. It was closed yesterday after attacks from the side of pro-Russian militants of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. In total 13 508 people and 3 051 vehicles crossed the contact line via 4 checkpoints in Donetsk (3) and Lugansk Regions (1) going to and out of occupied territory.
Today Ukrainian authorities had to close one of the biggest checkpoints of Donetsk Regions “Marrinka” after numerous attacks from the side of pro-Russian militants of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
People going through “Mariinka” checkpoint in Donetsk Region
“Mariinka” checkpoint is one of the routes people were using to cross the contact line. Every day over 5000 people were going in and out of occupied territory of Donetsk Region. According to data released by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine 5480 people and 1235 vehicles passed by “Mariinka” checkpoint yesterday.
Entering Mariinka village located on the contact line in Donetsk Region
Just in one week there were 98 attacks on positions of the forces of the Anti-Terrorist Operations near Mariinka villages and that was the highest number since the beginning of this year. So the life of civilians was in danger.
Security Service of Ukraine released new evidence that proves involvement of Russian officers of Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) in training militant’s of so-called Donetsk People’s Republics. Russian officers were going in and out of occupied territory of Donbass as members of a group that monitors cease-fire violations in the area and helps to stop fire from both sides of the conflict. Border control found books with military instructions on various subjects, DPR insignia of different pro-Russian militants units and medals given to Russian offices by DPR for their “fight against Ukrainian aggression”.
Russian officer of JCCC had a flag of Donetsk People’s Republic with him
During rotation of Russian part of JCCC mission on January 27 at border control Ukrainian officers found 14 books on military affairs with limited access “For official use only” that Russian officers captain Sergey Kutsenko and major Aleksandr Kornik had with them, the books were on these subjects:
installation of machine guns on vehicles;
blasting operations and mine clearance;
building fortifications and defensive structures;
Military books that Russian officers of JCCC had with them
Russian officer Andrey Akimov had different patronymic name that didn’t match his ID. Captain Sergey Kutsenko was not in the lists and border guards made a decision to send both back to Russian Federation.
On February 2 2016 border guards at “Hoptivka” border control checkpoint in Kharkiv Region looked through the luggage of Russian officers and found materials that confirm that they provide support for members of terrorist organizations of DPR and LPR.
Lieutenant colonel Elizar Popov, major Sergey Trofimenko and Yuriy Frolov had original certificates issued by so-called Minister of Defense of DPR that confirmed they got medals, certificates said “Given to internationalist soldiers and commanders of Armed Forces of Donetsk People’s Republic who are rewarded for special courage, feat of arms and for support provided to Donetsk People’s Republic in a fight to stop aggression of Ukraine”. The text on the medal says “Internationalist soldier”.
Medals received by Russian soldiers from so-called Ministry of Defense of Donetsk People’s Republuc
Certificate issued by so-called Ministry of Defense of DPR to Russian office that confirms he received a medal
Col. Igor Kirsanov, the Deputy head of Russian side of JCCC, coordination officer Eduard Anisimov, major Damir Shangareev, major Aleksandr Andryushkin had teaching materials and lectures on these subjects:
using modern tank units in special circumstances;
using hand grenades, mines, explosive charges and devices while undermining bridges, buildings and other structures;
books on training specialists to use multiple rocker launching systems “Smerch”, “Uragan”, “Grad” and so on;
notebook with notes describing ways to obtain intelligence information on the ground and numerous handwritten notes with signs of cryptography.
Col. Igor Kirsanov had teaching materials on these subjects:
Recommendations on combat operations in populated areas
Forcing the water barrier
Additional manual for training program for snipers at the training camp
Manuals on different modifications of booby traps (ML-7, MS-3, the ML-8, etc.)
Reconnaissance combat missions and demining of paths to secure troops movement during military conflicts
Basics on fire damage of the enemy during combat operations
The defense of combined arms units and formations
Basics of troops movement
Tank (mechanized infantry) brigade’s or regiment assault operations at night
The forces and means of combined arms combat
Weapons of tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers
The program of combat training of educational divisions of ground troops, book #5 “For intelligence units”
The performance characteristics and diagrams of various shells (cumulative, explosive, incendiary, trench, etc.)
The performance characteristics and schemes of different fusing devices (anti-train, antipersonnel, etc.)
Lectures on the mechanism, equipment and operation of BM 9A52-2 (to fire rockets), MLRS “Smerch” (9K58), 9A52
Manuals for rocket and artillery weapons
The head of Security Service of Ukraine said that those materials are directly related to military operations on occupied territories of Ukraine.
Russians also had different military insignia, flags of illegal armed groups of DPR and LPR and souvenirs that promotes terrorist groups and so-called “Novorossiya”.
Military insignia of DPR and LPR militants that Russian soldiers had with them
Security Service of Ukraine also posted video of Russian officer from JCCC who was stopped by Ukrainian border guards.
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.
DPR militant detained by Security Service of Ukraine
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.
Weapon that pro-Russian militant had with him when he was detained by Security Service
Security Service of Ukraine stopped two vehicles with cargo in ATO zone near Novobahmutivka village in Donetsk region.
Illegal cargo to uncontrolled territory
A minivan and a car were trying to get to the territory of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic avoiding checkpoint. The total cost of cargo was over 750 thousand UAH, there was clothes, shoes and perfumery.
Illegal cargo to uncontrolled territory
Also Security Service stopped cargo truck near Peredilske village in Lugansk Region. The driver was trying to deliver cargo to the territory occupied by terrorists of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic, there were cigarettes worth about 150 thousand UAH.
Illegal cargo to uncontrolled territory
Security Service investigates who organized illegal traffic.
ATO Press Center reports that today Ukrainian Army will withdraw tanks 15 km away from the contact line near Donetsk.
Ukrainian Army withdraw tanks from Donetsk
The night in ATO zone was quiet and no violations of Minsk Agreements were registered. Ukrainian military continue to withdraw weapon less than 100 mm caliber. Yesterday Ukrainian Army had withdrawn tanks from the area near Mariupol. Today tanks will be withdrawn 15 km away from the contact line near Donetsk.
Ukrainian Army withdraw tanks from Donetsk
National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine use the cease-fire to restore infrastructure of Donbass. Electric power lines, water pipes, communication systems and much more get restored. Phone connection was restored in Kurakhove, cell phone connection and landline. Military engineers continue to demine the territory.
At the same time observers of Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE report that they spotted violation of weapon withdrawal from the side of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.
In violation of respective withdrawal lines, the SMM unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) spotted the following military hardware in “DPR”-controlled areas: in the area of Bezimenne (30km east of Mariupol) two main battle tanks (MBTs) and in the area of Sontseve (60km north-east of Mariupol) 25 MBTs and other military equipment.
OSCE also reported that its UAV was jammed while flying over “DPR”-controlled territory and near the contact line over government controlled territory. Yesterday UK delegation to OSCE posted photo of Russian R-330ZH Zhytel mobile jamming communication system with a request to Russian Federation to explain the presence of that system in “DPR”-controlled area.
R-330ZH Zhytel mobile jamming communication system spotted by OSCE
Security Service of Ukraine detained a resident of Donetsk Region who was a member illegal armed groups of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic. In May 2014 he joined terrorists group “Russian Orthodox Army”. He was serving at checkpoints of terrorists near Krasnoarmiysk with grenades and weapon. And he also took part in military actions against Ukrainian units.
Member of terrorist group “Russian Orthodox Army”
Security Service determined his location and captured the terrorist in Kharkiv, he arrived there for rehabilitation after he was wounded.
When he was detained he had RGD-5 grenades and flash drives with photos that prove that he was a member of illegal armed groups of “DPR”
Terrorist group “Russian Orthodox Army” was created at the beginning of the conflict on the East of Ukraine in Slovyansk when the city was captured in Spring 2014 by Igor Girkin with his unit that arrived from Crimea that was already captured by Russian Army at that time and annexed by Russian Federation.
Members of “Russian Orthodox Army” signing rap
“Russian Orthodox Army” became known after they posted rap song on YouTube in which they explain the reasons why they fight against Ukraine. After Slovyansk was liberated they moved to Donetsk.
Security Service of Ukraine together with police searched apartment of one of the active member of illegal armed groups of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic in Krasnohorivka city. 4 anti-tank grenades were found, there were also about 1000 bullets of 5.45 mm caliber, 6 hand grenades, 2 assault grenades and 14 detonators.
Weapon found in Krasnohorivka of Donetsk Region
Also there were 2 self-made bombs found near Katerynivka village of Donetsk Region. Each bomb had 7 detonators, charges of cumulative type and 23 detonators.
Bombs found near Katerynivka village in Donetsk Region
Today 13 cargo trucks with 250 tons of humanitarian aid from International Committee of Red Cross went to the territory controlled by so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.
ICRC delivered humanitarian aid to Yasynuvata
13 cargo trucks with humanitarian aid from International Committee of Red Cross went via checkpoints “Bugas” and “Hnutove”. Vehicles delivered construction materials and food to uncontrolled territory. Over 250 tons of humanitarian aid are for the residents of Donetsk Region.