On November 27, 2016, Censor.NET reported that the Military Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine has identified units and equipment of Russian Armed Forces that participated in the occupation of Crimea. Prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko provided this information to Censor.net.
The list submitted by the Military Prosecutor’s Office consists of names of military units and equipment, with no photos, videos or links to additional sources of information. The InformNapalm international intelligence community has analyzed the data and illustrated it with interesting factual material.
The military prosecutor said that from February 20 to March 16, 2014 at least 10,500 Russian troops, at least 10 tanks, and 207 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, including the GAS-2330 Tigr, were illegally transferred from Russia to Crimea.
On the first days of the annexation of Crimea, InformNapalm obtained several exclusive videos showing the transfer and use of the Tigrs during the annexation.
This video shows a convoy of the Tigrs and other military vehicles moving from the Cossack Bay in Sevastopol after arriving to Crimea from Russia.
Here is a video of departure of the Tigrs and other vehicles from the Russian military base in Sevastopol, near the Lazarev Barracks, in the early hours of March 6, 2014. 2-3 hours later, we received information about their participation in the blockade of Ukrainian military units in other parts of Crimea.
In his report, the military prosecutor mentioned 8 K300P Bastion-P mobile coastal defense missile systems. There is a video showing a relocation of the Bastion complexes in Crimea in August 2016.
Another Russian coastal missile system – BAL – is in service with the newly formed 15th Missile Brigade of Coastal Defense. Several of them were transferred to Crimea from Russian Dagestan.
Military prosecutor Kravchenko mentioned 80 pieces of air defense equipment, including 16 S-300 missile system launchers. InformNapalm has conducted an interesting investigation about the S-300 systems in Crimea.
Prosecutor’s office report states that there were “12 9K57 Uragan MLRS’s”. In this respect we also have photographs and investigations. For example, here are launchers of the 943rd Reactive Artillery Regiment in Crimea .
Also, the military prosecutor named units of the Russian army, which were transferred to Crimea and took part in its annexation. Let’s check the prosecutor’s list.
“The 31st Separate Guards Air Assault Brigade of the Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) from the Central Military District (military unit 73612), the home base in Ulyanovsk”.
InformNapalm has an interesting additional information on these war criminals. During OSINT investigations we established that marines of the 31st Brigade from Ulyanovsk stormed the Crimean parliament wearing Berkut, the Ukrainian special police unit, uniform.
“The 45th Separate Guards Spetsnaz Regiment of the Russian Airborne Troops from the Western military district (military unit 28337), the home base in Kubinka, Moscow Oblast.”
This unit of the Russian army has been identified in the InformNapalm investigations several times. Though Russia eventually admitted the capture of Crimea by force, it does not admit that servicemen from the 45-й Separate Spetsnaz Brigade are in Ukrainian Novoazovsk.
“The 18th Separate Motor Rifle Brigade of the 58th Army from the Southern Military District (military unit 27777), the home base in Khankala, Chechnya.”
There is a lot of data about servicemen from this brigade who captured Crimea, as well as the Ukrainian Donbas. Even the former leader of “Novorossia” Pavel Gubarev helped to identify them in the Donbas.
Some soldiers of this military unit not only left their trail in Crimea, but also managed to have at least 3 deployments to the Donbas.
There is also the 104th Guards Air Assault Regiment (military unit 32515), the home base in the village of Cherekh, Pskov Oblast, in the prosecutor’s list, The InformNapalm volunteers identified that servicemen of this regiment captured Chornomornaftogaz oil rigs and received medal for the operation in Crimea, and some of them were later killed in the Donbas.
There is a lot of interesting data about the 32nd Motorized Rifle Brigade (military unit 22316) from the Central Military District, the home base in Shilovo, Novosibirsk Oblast. For example, a gunner sergeant from the 32nd Motorized Rifle Brigade was seen in the fighting in the Donbas and got a medal for the operation in Crimea. Our investigation about him can be found here and in this video:
“The 7th Guards Mountain Air Assault Division (military unit 61756), the home base in Novorossiysk”.
The InformNapalm volunteers have an interesting investigation about these Russian war criminals, who seized Crimea, also. Russian propagandists like to ask: “What our grandfathers fought for?” Well, if grandfathers of the paratroopers of the 7th Air Assault Division served in the Vlasov’s army, then they follow steps of their grandfathers and continue to fight for the interests of occupiers.
InformNapalm has found and can present information on every military unit from the military prosecutor’s list.
We want to remind you that the database of investigations of the InformNapalm international intelligence community contains information about more than 160 servicemen from 75 military units of the Russian Armed Forces, identified as war criminals who carried out orders of Russian command for aggression against Ukraine. Video presentations of the database of military units and weapons used in the Russian aggression in the Donbas and Crimea, were demonstrated at the autumn meeting of the PACE and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
The InformNapalm comprehensive data base contains much more information. You can see it following the links:
There is more than enough information for the military prosecutor’s office and the General Prosecutor of Ukraine to file hundreds of lawsuits in international courts not only against the military and political leadership of the Russian Federation, but also against commanders and servicemen of specific military units that participated in the annexation of Crimea and in the fight in the Donbas.
Translated by GEK
Edited by Svitlana Kemblowski
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