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Marines of the Northern Fleet in the Donbas. New data of the Russian military personnel fighting in Ukraine

InformNapalm international intelligence community continues identifying regular Russian servicemen who took part in the hybrid aggression against Ukraine. As of July 2021, InformNapalm has collected evidence against over 2,630 Russian soldiers and officers [1] in its OSINT investigations database. This OSINT investigation by InformNapalm adds new facts to the database. We have collected identification data of the marines of the Northern Fleet, in particular the Russian servicemen of the 61st Marine Brigade (military unit 38643, Sputnik village, Murmansk Oblast) and other units of the Northern Fleet.

As with the recent identification of 5 Russian servicemen from the 18th Motorized Rifle Brigade [2], the starting point for the new OSINT investigation was a group photograph [3] of the Russian military men. The photo was taken in the Donbas in the summer of 2014. One of the soldiers from the photo was identified [4] by InformNapalm volunteers in June 2015. The data of the other Russian military men from this photograph was found in 2021.

The central figure of the previous investigation and the author of a series of photos from the Donbas is Yevgeny Pismensky. He was identified in 2015. After the investigation about him was published he deleted his social network account. But InformNapalm volunteers managed to obtain additional information about him and his colleagues from the Russian Northern Fleet.

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  1. Yevgeny Pismensky (Russian: Письменский Евгений Евгеньевич)

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Born 5/24/1980 in the Astrakhan Oblast. Resides in Polyarny village of Murmansk Oblast.

Career: 1998-2000 – conscript military service in military unit 71216 in Kandalaksha. Since 2001 – a contract serviceman in the Russian Armed Forces. Until 2008, he served in the North Caucasus, in particular, in the reconnaissance unit of the Special Operations Forces of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU). After 2008, he continued service in the north of Russia. As of 2014 – a contractor, a squad sergeant of a guarding platoon of a torpedo and missile armament base (military unit 20991, Polyarny, Murmansk Oblast)

He has an old cleaned-up and private social media profile in the name of “Yevgeny Yevgenievich” with the id-nickname “naemnik [7]” – Russian for a “mercenary” (archive [8]).

Identification of new, previously unidentified marines of the Northern Fleet who participated in the hostilities in the east of Ukraine.

  

  1. Ilnar Satdinov (Russian: Ильнар Сатдинов)

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Born supposedly 6/6/1993.

As of summer of 2014, a soldier of the 61st Marine Brigade of the Northern Fleet (military unit 38643, Sputnik village, Murmansk Oblast).

On social networks, there is a deleted VK [10] account, an inactive OK [11] account.

 

 

 

 


  1. Nikolay Burdinets (Russian: Николай Николаевич Бурдинец)

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Born 6/14/1995 in Pogar town, Bryansk Oblast.

Started his conscript service in December 2013. As of summer of 2014, a soldier of the 61st Marine Brigade of the Northern Fleet (military unit 38643, Sputnik village, Murmansk Oblast).

Has two private social network accounts – VK [13] (archive 1 [14], 2 [15], 3 [16]), OK [17] (archive [18])

 

 


  1. Pavel Vitolin (Russian: Павел Евгеньевич Витолин)

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Born 4/19/1995 in Bryansk. Resides in Saint Petersburg

Started his conscript service in December 2013. As of summer of 2014, a soldier of the 61st Marine Brigade of the Northern Fleet (military unit 38643, Sputnik village, Murmansk Oblast).

Has two closed social network accounts – VK [20] (archive 1 [21], 2 [22]), OK [23].

 

 

 


 

  1. Ivan Andreev, aka Zheka Petrov (Russian: Иван Андреев)

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Born 8/10/1993 in Voronezh Oblast.

As of summer of 2014, a soldier of the 61st Marine Brigade of the Northern Fleet (military unit 38643, Sputnik village, Murmansk Oblast).

Has three social network accounts – VK [25] (archive [26]), VK2 [27], OK [28].

 

 

 

 

 


  1. Eduard Makarov (Russian: Эдуард Макаров)

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Born 5/11/1976 in Oktyabrsk town Samara Oblast. Resides in Gadzhievo town Murmansk Oblast.

As of 2014 he is a contract soldier of a torpedo-missile armament base (military unit 20991, Polyarny, Murmansk Oblast).

Has two private social network accounts – VK [30] (archive [31]), OK [32] (archive [33])

 

 

We also want to point out another Russian participant in the aggression against Ukraine, who, although not included in the group photo, was discovered due to social connections with the aforementioned Russian marines. 


  1. Kirill Kutyrev (Russian: Кирилл Кутырев)

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Born 11/15/1994 in Vygonichi village, Bryansk Oblast.

As of summer of 2014, a soldier of the 61st Marine Brigade of the Northern Fleet (military unit 38643, Sputnik village, Murmansk Oblast).

Has two inactive social network accounts with traces of the 2014 Ukraine deployment – VK [35] (archive 1 [36], 2 [37], 3 [38]), VK [39] (archive 1 [40], 2 [41], 3 [42])

 

 

 

Kutyrev is still keeping in his photo album several pictures from 2014 hostilities in the Donbas including a photo with an unidentified colleague and a photo of the captured BRDM armored vehicle known to us from previous investigations [43]with an inscription “Ukrop”.

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Another serviceman was identified in other photographs from the archive materials of InformNapalm (1 [46], 2 [47]), where Yevgeny Pismensky, Yevgeny Makarov, Nikolay Burdinets and Ilmar Satdinov feature, too.

 

  1. Andrey Klyuchnikov (Russian: Андрей Ключников)

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Born 3/12/1989 in Sortavala town, Karelia.

As of summer of 2014, a soldier of the 61st Marine Brigade of the Northern Fleet (military unit 38643, Sputnik village, Murmansk Oblast).

He has one active private account – VK [49] (archive [50]).

 

 

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At this stage, 2 servicemen shown in the photographs of this series remain unidentified.

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It is worth noting that this feature is just an episode in the row of investigations evidencing the participation of the military personnel of the 61st Marine Brigade of the Northern Fleet in hostilities against Ukraine. Other groups and individual marines of this unit are exposed in the following InformNapalm investigations:


By Irakli Komakhidze. Translated by Julia Ponomarenko, edited by Artem Velichko. Distribution and reprint with reference to the source is welcome! (Creative Commons — Attribution 4.0 International — CC BY 4.0)

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