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Russian officers of JCCC got medals from Donetsk People’s Republic for their service

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Reported by Security Service of Ukraine at www.sbu.gov.ua

Pro-Russian terrorist was detained in Chisinau airport of Moldova coming on a flight from Moscow

Pro-Russian terrorist was detained in Chisinau airport of Moldova when he arrived there on a flight from Moscow. Young man was in military uniform with insignia of “Novorossiya”.

Pro-Russian terrorist detained in Chisinau airport of Moldova

Pro-Russian terrorist detained in Chisinau airport of Moldova

Border control of Chisinau airport detained 26 years old man arriving on a flight from Moscow. He is a resident of Bender city currently located on the territory of so-called Transnistria, part of Moldova occupied by Russian military forces.

Dmitriy Obolontsev, pro-Russian militant detained in Chisinau airport

Dmitriy Obolontsev, pro-Russian militant detained in Chisinau airport

Dmitriy Obolontsev was wearing military uniform with insignia of pro-Russian terrorist groups who are fighting against Ukrainian Army on the East of Ukraine, he also had documents that indicate that he was part of so-called battalion of territorial defense “Bryanka-USSR”, a group active on the territory of Bryanka, occupied city of Lugansk Region.

Military ID of terrorist group "Bryanka-USSR"

Military ID of terrorist group “Bryanka-USSR”

He got to passport control in military uniform with “Novorossiya” insignia, after his luggage was checked police found military ID issued by “authorities” of Lugansk People’s Republic.

– Cyril Drozdovschi, border police officer

According to border police Dmitriy Obolontsev was fighting on the side of pro-Russian militants of Lugansk for over a year. He said that he was paid for taking part in military actions in that region.

"Novorossiya" insignia on a uniform of detained Moldavian

“Novorossiya” insignia on a uniform of detained Moldavian

Insignia on military uniform of detained terrorist in Chisinau airport

Insignia on military uniform of detained terrorist in Chisinau airport

The militant came back home for vacation. He was detained by police and will be questioned by Security Service and prosecutors

This was already second time when a resident of Moldova who took part in military conflict on the East of Ukraine was detained by police in Moldova.

Below is the video of detention, original report and more photos were posted at www.publika.md on November 4, 2015.

Italian paratrooper came to join pro-Russian terrorists and was detained twice at Ukrainian checkpoints

Italian paratrooper Francesco Estatico (aka Barbaro) who served in 5th Paratroopers Battalion “El Alamein” in Siena has been detained in Ukraine on his way to Alchevsk located in uncontrolled part of Lugansk Region on September 16 and 3 days later on September 19 he was detained again at another Ukrainian checkpoint located few kilometers away from Donetsk. Francesco explained that he was going to join rebels army to fight against Ukrainian troops. So far it’s not clear how he managed to escape after he was detained 1st time on his way to Lugansk.

Francesco "Barbaro" Estatico

Francesco “Barbaro” Estatico

The photo above was posted by Francesco at his profile on Facebook, there is also some other interesting info there, see it at https://www.facebook.com/francesco.estatico He also specifies that he’s currently working in Italian Army.

Francesco Estatico works at Italian Army

Francesco Estatico works at Italian Army

The information 1st leaked from Sergiy Shakun who works in military-civilian administration of Lugansk Region. See his post here. Below we translated it into English.

On September 16 in Novotoshkivske village suspicious young man was detained. He didn’t speak Russian or Ukrainian. It appeared that he was a foreigner. Thanks to representative of OSCE we managed to find out that this guy was from Naples and was looking for “his mother” here. Representative of military-civil administration together with a soldier of “Lugansk-1″ battalion passed “Italian” to border guards on Lysychansk checkpoint. Later we found out that this “client” served in different foreign armies and had no information about his mother. Right now Security Service of Ukraine verifies the information about that guy.

– Sergiy Shakun

Obviously Security Service of Ukraine didn’t arrest the Italian guy and let him go, because 3 days later on September 19 Francesco Estatico was detained by Ukrainian border guards in Donetsk Region near Mayorsk located on the contact line few kilometers from Donetsk. This was reported by Rodion Shovkoshytnyi who is a member of special forces unit that fights against smugglers near the front line. See his post here.

Passport of Francesco Estatico

Passport of Francesco Estatico

Francesco Estatico gave written explanation about how and why he got to Ukraine and what he planned to do. See the copy below.

Francesco Estatico explains why he came to Ukraine

Francesco Estatico explains why he came to Ukraine

His note is written in bad English and ironically he also doesn’t know how to spell Donbass right.

My name is Francesco “Barbaro” Estatico. I came in Ukraine with passport and personal documents. Passport number YA8335453.

I came in Ukraine for join the independent Dombass Republics Army because Ukrainian troops has destroyed the life of the Dombass’s people and I come for help them fighting them. I come alone.

– Francesco “Barbaro” Estatico, 19 September 2015

Francesco Estatico had a map of his route and according to that his destination point was Alchevsk located on the territory of Lugansk Region controlled by so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. He marked his way from Kharkiv to Svatove, next point was Rubizhne, next point is Severodonetsk and further his route goes directly to Alchevsk via last Ukraine controlled Novotoshkivkse village. The contact line that he was going to cross is also marked on his map. See his Google Map below. By the way the tittle of the map is “Lugansk Region” and it’s all in Russian, that means he printed the map when he was already in Ukraine.

Francesco Estatico had a map with a route from Kharkiv to Alchevsk

Francesco Estatico had a map with a route from Kharkiv to Alchevsk

Below are some other docs that Francesco Estatico had with him and a photo from his phone where he’s in Italian military uniform.

Francesco Estatico's documents that he had with him

Francesco Estatico’s documents that he had with him

Photo of Francesco Estatico's phone

Photo of Francesco Estatico’s phone

So why he was going to Alchevsk. Since the beginning of military conflict on the East of Ukraine Alchevsk was under control of Aleksey Mozgovoy who was ideologist of Novorossiya movement and didn’t recognize so-called Lugansk People’s Republic. And because of that Mozgovoy was killed by Russian special forces unit at the end of May. Mozgovoy recruited not only locals, but he became very popular in other countries, so a lot of radical communists from Italy, Spain, Serbia, France and so on were travelling to Alchevsk to join his “Prizrak” brigade.

For example on May 14 2015 Aleksey Mozgovoy uploaded video to his YouTube channel called “Unbelievable Adventures of Foreigners in Novorossiya” about foreigners who come to join his brigade and there are guys in military uniform with Italian insignia. Here is screenshot from the video.

Italians arrived to join Aleksey Moszgovoy "Prizrak" brigade

Italians arrived to join Aleksey Moszgovoy “Prizrak” brigade

And here is the video.

UPDATE September 20, 2015. State Border Guard Service of Ukraine confirmed detention of Italian citizen who was going to join terrorist armed groups.

Francesco Estatico detained by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Francesco Estatico detained by State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Officers of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine detained Italian citizen in “Zaitseve” checkpoint located on the contact line in Donetsk Region.

Italian arrive to the checkpoint in the morning of September 19. After his documents were checked and after conversation with him border guards found out that he was going to take part in military conflict on the East of Ukraine on the side of illegal armed groups.

Right now Italian citizen is detained and he was given to Security Service of Ukraine for further investigation.

See report of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at http://dpsu.gov.ua