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Russian soldiers arrived to Lugansk for rotation. Photos.

Locals from Lugansk report that another group of Russian soldiers arrived to the city. They have been seen in the city center in military uniform with Russian insignia hanging around since yesterday. The photos below were take today at about 2 pm on Kotsyubinskogo St. About 50 soldiers are standing in a line at the entrance of Lugansk Regional recruitment office where they get registered. They arrived for rotation.

Russian soldiers in the center of Lugansk at recruitment office

Russian soldiers in the center of Lugansk at recruitment office

Russian soldiers in the center of Lugansk at recruitment office

Russian soldiers in the center of Lugansk at recruitment office

Last time arrival of Russian soldiers to Lugansk was registered exactly one month ago on August 17. See our tweet below with the photos taken at the same place.

Below are the photos taken on August 17 in the center of Lugansk.

Russian soldiers in Lugansk on August 17 register as local militia

Russian soldiers in Lugansk on August 17 register as local militia

Russian soldiers in Lugansk on August 17 register as local militia

Russian soldiers in Lugansk on August 17 register as local militia

Russian soldiers in Lugansk on August 17 register as local militia

Russian soldiers in Lugansk on August 17 register as local militia

Russian soldiers run away leaving ammo on a battlefield. ATO Press Center report in Lugansk Region.

Yesterday on July 23 at about 22:30 terrorists of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic shelled fired at a bus of 24th “Aidar” battalion. They fired 2 times using RPG-26 grenade launcher. This happened near Kryakivka village located on Ukraine controlled part of Lugansk Region.

Ammo left on a battlefield by Russian soldiers

Ammo left on a battlefield by Russian soldiers

The commander of the brigade of Ukrainian Army sent a group of scouts to the location where the incident happened. When Ukrainian scouts were getting close to the place they noticed illegal armed group of 6-8 men. Ukrainian solders opened fire and chased Russian saboteurs. Russian soldiers run away and left ammo on a battlefield.

There were no casualties among soldiers of “Aidar” battalion or Ukrainian Army scouts.

Kryakivka, Lugansk Region.

Kryakivka, Lugansk Region.

Terrorists unit left food packages manufactured in Russian Federation by “RUSKON” company www.ruskon.ru exclusively for the Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation, that information can be seen in product description on their website. It says that it is part of all type of MRE used by Russia.

Russian MRE found on a battlefield

Russian MRE found on a battlefield

Russian MRE description at www.ruskon.ru

Russian MRE description at www.ruskon.ru

In the photo below is a grenade manufactured in 2011 in Russian Federation and this modification is used by Russian Army, but never been exported to Ukraine.

Grenade used by Russian Army

Grenade used by Russian Army

Among other weapon left by Russian unit were landmines MON-50 manufactured in 1987.

MON-50 landmines left by Russian unit on a battlefield

MON-50 landmines left by Russian unit on a battlefield

Reported by Ruslan Tkachuk, ATO adviser in Lugansk Region at ato.lisichansk.in.ua

Previously 2 Russian GRU soldiers were captured near Shchastya city in Lugansk Region on May 16, 2015. Read report here: “I am a soldier of Russian Federation”. Full translation of the video of Russian POW published by Ukrainian soldier. On July 25, 2015, another Russian soldier was captured in Donetsk Region, read report here: Russian army officer captured on Ukrainian checkpoint near Donetsk with a truck full of ammo.

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.