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Volunteers gathered evidence of 32 Russian military units taking part in the invasion of Crimea

InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community has gathered and structured evidence of the participation of servicemen from 32 military units of the Russian Armed Forces in the operation to seize and occupy Crimea. To date, it is the largest database on the Russian army activity in the invasion of Crimea based on OSINT investigations. In this feature, we are listing identified units with links to the relevant InformNapalm investigations. In addition to the invasion of Crimea, servicemen of 22 units from this list, also took part in the hostilities against Ukraine in Donbas. This is yet another confirmation that the hybrid Russian military aggression in eastern Ukraine is a continuation of the war that the Russian Federation with its operation in Crimea.

The list of units of the Russian Armed Forces participating in the seizure of Crimea

The presented data largely complement the list [33] of the military assets of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation deployed for the occupation of Crimea which was made public by the Military Prosecutor’s office of Ukraine in 2016. It is worth noting that the list of Ukrainian military prosecutors contains several units that are not on the Crimea list of InformNapalm, which means that the volunteers have not yet found open-source evidence against them. However, personnel of most of these units was spotted in the hostilities in Donbas.

The data of the Military Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine

The list of units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, which, according to the Military Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, took part in the invasion of Crimea:


On November 8, the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague confirmed its jurisdiction in the lawsuit of Ukraine against Russia dealing with the violation by Moscow of the UN Convention on the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.

In the past years, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has periodically attached InformNapalm investigation materials to the files of lawsuits of Ukraine against Russia at international courts. InformNapalm volunteers are proud of their contribution to Ukraine’s resistance effort to Russian aggression in the legal, as well media and diplomatic fields. Hybrid international terrorism of the Russian servicemen as well as senior military and political leadership of the Russian Federation must receive due media coverage and inevitable punishment.

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