середа, 17 червня 2015 р.
As the conflict in Ukraine continues, so too does Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial of any Russian involvement. But a recent report from think tank the Atlantic Council used open source information and social media to find evidence of Russian troops across the border.
Using the Atlantic Council’s methodology, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky follows the digital and literal footprints of one Russian soldier, tracking him from eastern Ukraine to Siberia, to prove that Russian soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.
On May 18, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces hosted a briefing. Chief of the General Staff, Colonel General Viktor Muzhenko reported:
“On May 16, there was fighting between sabotage and reconnaissance group of militants and Ukrainian forces near the town of Shchastya (Luhansk region). During this fighting, servicemen of the 92nd Detached Mechanized Brigade captured two Russian Special Forces soldiers”.
These soldiers are Captain Euvhen Yerofeyev, Leading Officer of the Special Forces Group, 3rd Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, and Sergeant Olexander Aleksandrov. They are servicemen of the 3rd Detached Guard Brigade of Special Forces of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian General Staff (military unit 21208, Tolyatti).
According to Captain Euvhen Yerofeyev and Sergeant Olexander Aleksandrov, they arrived to militant-controlled territory within their brigade in March 2015 and accomplished sabotage and reconnaissance tasks against Ukrainian units.
|Captain Euvhen Yerofeyev, Leading Officer of the Special Forces Group, 3rd Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces|