Investigators from the InformNapalm international volunteer community continue to publish evidence and data on Russian war criminals – veterans of “Ukrainian assignment”, executing criminal orders of Russian military-political leadership in the eastern part of Ukraine.
New information is based on the OSINT-investigation demonstrating and providing additional facts of the participation of reconnaissance detachment of the 18th Motorized Rifle Brigade (military unit No. 27777, 58th Army, Southern Military District, Republic of Chechnya, Khankala and Kalinovskaya villages) in the Donbas war. The mentioned military unit, which was one of the first taking part in the undeclared invasion of the eastern part of Ukraine by Russian armed forces, has been described at least in seven investigations done by our volunteer community. As per to the studies and analysis of the social networks of Russian servicemen of the Motorized Rifle Brigade, there is a group of three contract-based servicemen detected who went through “Rostov-Ukrainian assignment” in summer and autumn of 2014. It was possible to obtain not only visual photo facts confirming arrival and participation of the Russian scouts in Donbas active combat zone, but also the copies of the State awards certificates. Common indicators pointing out photo materials of Russian scouts are in relation to summer-autumn events in the eastern Ukraine are the identification armbands, non-commissioned uniform, comments etc. And that made it possible to link them with the previously identified tactical group from the 18th brigade.
Investigation has revealed:
Vitaly Alikhanovich Shkirin, born on April 19, 1990 in Tyumen. Social profiles – “VK” (archives of profile, album, contacts), “OK“. He was awarded “Medal of Suvorov” No. 41099 (by Russian President Putin’s decree from October 24, 2014). A little bit earlier, he posed against the background of a “Moskvich T-34” car with a white identification armband of Russian-“Novorosiisk” forces and his comrade (will be discussed further) Ivan Remizov’s comment “..on Kiev”.
Note: Medal of Suvorov – State military award established in 1994. Medal is awarded to servicemen for bravery and personal courage in combat operations while defending Motherland and state interests of Russia on land, at combat duty and combat service on maneuvers and exercises protecting state borders of the Russian Federation
Ivan Remizov, born on 1975 in Volgograd. Social profiles -“VK” (archives of profile, album, contacts), “OK”. In April of 2016 he uploaded some photos nostalgic for the “Ukrainian assignment” including a photo in front of “BTR-82” named “Bodry”. He is in a non-commissioned uniform with a white identification armband followed by curious comments made by him as well as his former colleague and comrade Ruslan Sultanov (will be discussed further).
We remind you that ‘BTR’ APCs of 82nd modification as cadre armament of the 18th motorized rifle brigade in Donbas were registered by us in July 2015 which was described in our publication “Putin’s Eleven” -Selfie Soldiers of 18th Russian Motorized Rifle Brigade in Donbas. The fact that Russian forces used “BTR-82” in the east of Ukraine has been confirmed several times including even the Russian sources. Moreover, there is a photo evidence of a destroyed armored personnel carrier in Novosvetlovsky, Luhansk Oblast.
Ruslan Sultanov – originally comes from Dyurtyuli (Republic of Bashkirya). Presently, he has been transferred from the 18th motorized rifle brigade to 201st military base in Tajikistan. Social profiles – “VK” and another one (archives of profile and profile2, album and album2, contacts and contacts2). It is worthy to highlight one of Donbas photos taken in August, 2014, where he wears a camouflage and hides face beyond a keffiyeh and has a Saint George’s ribbon which we have seen on other Russian criminals from 18th Motorized Rifle Brigade in Donbas. With a little delay he was awarded “Medal of Suvorov” No.42661 (by the Decree of President Putin from February 21, 2015).
Reference: 18th Motorized Rifle Brigade was formed in the end of 2008 as a result of reforms implemented by the Russian Armed Forces and within the transition program to a new look on the base of a former 42nd Motorized Rifle Division stationed in Chechnya (Khankala and Kalinovskaya villages). Mentioned military unit is one of the most efficient and combat-ready brigade from ground forces of the Russian Armed Forces. Brigade is fully re-equipped with new and modernized military equipment and weapons. There is also so called “National Battalion” in the 18th brigade staffed with North Caucasians, mostly former militants who were granted an amnesty and later on served in Kadyrov and Yamadayev units. Detachments of the Brigade took part in Russian aggression against Georgia in August, 2008. Subdivision of the 18th Motorized Rifle Brigade including its “Chechen Battalion” has repeatedly appeared in the context of “Ukrainian assignment” (also in InformNapalm’s articles):
- An Introduction to the so-called “Wild”, or National Battalions of the Russian Federation Currently Engaged in Ukraine. August 29, 2014
- New Evidence of Russian Military Incursion into Ukraine…June 14, 2014
- Tanks of the 18th Motorized Rifle Brigade in Ukraine. March 4, 2015
- Как Павел Губарев засветил 18-ю гв. ОМСБр ВС РФ. June 10, 2015
- ‘Putin’s Eleven’ — Selfie Soldiers of 18th Russian Motorized Rifles Brigade in Donbas. 2015-07-23
- 3 Trips From the 18th Brigade to Donbas — ‘Cherchez la femme’. 2015-10-19
- Participation of the Russian MLRS from the 18th Brigade in Lunging of Ukraine: Photo Facts and Geolocation. 2016-02-28
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