Artillerymen of the Russian 7th Military Base involved in the cross-border shelling of Ukraine in September-November 2014 have been identified.
The goal of a new OSINT investigation by InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community was discovery and identification of Russian artillery servicemen of the 7th Military Base (military unit 09332, Gudauta, occupied Abkhazia, Georgia, 49th Army of the Southern Military District of Russia). As part of the combined rocket and gun artillery battalion, they were involved in the shelling of Ukrainian cities, villages, and Ukrainian Army positions from late August to December 2014. We were able to identify 21 of the 35 soldiers of this military detachment, who brought death and destruction to the Ukrainian soil and left their dirty trail in social networks.
Identification of the Russian war criminals was carried out using group photos found in social network profiles of servicemen of the 7th Military Base, veterans of “Rostov-Ukraine missions”, from late August to early December 2014, as well as photos that we had published earlier. In particular, on October 2, 2014 InformNapalm published the article on a “wandering battery” of 2S3 Akatsiya self-propelled howitzers belonging to the 7th Military Base. It was spotted with live ammunition a couple of kilometers away from the state border with Ukraine (Donetsk Oblast), in the wooded field camp near the village of Ekaterinovka of Matveyev-Kurgan Raion of Rostov Oblast. On December 18, 2014, InformNapalm published another article spotting a rocket artillery detachment of Grad multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) of the 7th Military Base, this time in Kuibyshev Raion of Rostov Oblast, which borders Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts of Ukraine.
It is noteworthy that on February 3, 2015, the Russian independent newspaper RBC published an article titled Reluctant service: conscripts pressed to sign contracts and go to Rostov. It featured, among other things, contract artillerymen from the 7th Military Base who deserted after the “Rostov mission”. The soldiers in the 7th Military Base spent several months in Rostov Oblast, the newspaper noted. The artillerymen withheld the details of their missions referring to the “non-disclosure document” they signed. RBC showed photos of the soldiers of a rocket battery of the 7th Military Base published previously by InformNapalm. It features the artillerymen posing against the backdrop of Grad MRLS with ammunition at the border with Ukraine. There are two unnamed RBC interviewees among them. The article also discusses the death at the border with Ukraine of Anatoly Terekhov, a contract soldier of the 7th Military Base. We reported about him and the “Rostov-Ukraine mission” of the detachments of the 7th Military Base in September, 2014.
The topic of cross-border shelling of Ukraine from the territory of Russia in the summer and fall of 2014 received ample coverage by a number of reputable international media. It also featured in InformNapalm materials, together with publications on Russian artillery units which crossed the state border of Ukraine.
InformNapalm publications on the Russian Army involvement in the shelling of Ukraine
- Identification of Military Units and the Armament of Artillery Elements of the Russian Invasion Forces2014-09-30
- Combat crews of Grad MLRS of 19th MRB identified along the border with Ukraine2014-10-01
- Akatsiya self-propelled howitzers of 205th Motorized Rifle Brigade on the border with Ukraine 2014-10-03
- 2S19 ‘Msta-S’ Self Propelled Mortar from North Ossetia at the Border with Ukraine2014-10-07
- Russian Self-Propelled Howitzer ‘Msta-S’ from Ural at the Border of Ukraine2014-10-24
- 291st artillery brigade’s “Tour of duty” from Crimea to Donbass2014-11-12
- The Tour of Duty of the 200th Special Purpose Separate Motor Rifle Brigade of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy in Rostov Region and in Ukraine2014-11-26
- Russian Msta-S self-propelled howitzers of 288th Artillery Brigade in Rostov Oblast12/15/2014
- Photos of artillery positions of the Russian Army shelling the territory of Ukraine in 20142015-04-05
- 2S19 ‘Msta-S’ Self-Propelled Mortar of the 17th Brigade near Novoazovsk2015-08-12
- War Crimes of Russian 291st Brigade in War Against Ukraine. Part 12015-12-18
- War Crimes of Russian 291st Brigade in War Against Ukraine. Part 22015-12-21
- Russia Shelled Ukraine in August 2014. Satellite Images of 539 Craters Analyzed2016-08-07
- Participation of the Russian MLRS from the 18th Brigade in Lunging of Ukraine: Photo Facts and Geolocation2016-02-28
- Google Earth Unlocks New Secrets of ‘Over-the-Border’ Shelling2016-03-10
- Russian Artillery of the 136th Motorized Rifle Brigade Identified in Ukraine2016-09-08
So we identified most of the artillerymen of the 7th Military Base involved in the shelling of Ukraine by their group photos from the period of “Rostov-Ukraine missions 2014”. They include photos #39 and #40 posted in December 2014 in the album of the soldier we will discuss below, as well as photos from September-November period published previously by InformNapalm.
Identified artillerymen of the 7th Military Base
- Sergey Lunin
Born on October 18, 1995 in the city of Anapa, Russia. As of 2014-2016 in active service with the 7th Military Base. His album contains photo series from the period of the “Rostov-Ukraine mission 2014”, including group shots of artillerymen (# 39, # 40) and a screenshot of the damning InformNapalm publication.
- Kalyan Solomidenko
Born October 05, 1995 in the city of Omsk, Russia. As of 2014-2016 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Vlad Bykov
Born May 30 in the city of Omsk, Russia. As of 2014-2016 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Shomka Muchipov
Born in 1995 in the city of Omsk, Russia. As of 2014-2016 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Nikolay Zakharov
Born in the city of Penza, Russia. As of 2012-2016 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Oleg Demsky
Born October 29 in the city of Barnaul, Russia. As of 2014-2016 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Serge “Wise” Beradze
Born August 25 in the city of Omsk, Russia. As of 2014-2016 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Vitaly Serbayev
Born December 3 in the village of Perelyub, Saratov Oblast. As of 2014-2016 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Dmitry Koval
Born January 11 in the city of Novosibirsk, Russia. As of 2014 in active service with the 7th Military Base. In 2016 he graduated from a warrant officer school in St. Petersburg.
- Andrey Bulgakov
Born December 15, 1992 in the city of Saratov, Russia. As of 2014 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Stanislav Lyovin
Born August 21, 1994 in the city of Krasnodar, Russia. As of 2014-2016 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Roman Ivanov
Born July 20, 1993 in the city of Uryupinsk, Russia. As of 2012-2015 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Nikita Holuev
Born April 05, 1989 in the settlement of Bobrovskiy, Sysert Raion, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia. A graduate of Yekaterinburg Higher Artillery Command School. As of 2012-2016 an officer with the 7th Military Base.
- Anton Petrov
Born in the village of Biyavash, Perm Krai, Russia. A graduate of Kazan Higher Artillery Command School and Mikhailovskaya Artillery Military Academy. As of 2012-2016 an officer with the 7th Military Base.
- Andrey Varenik
Born on March 29, 1994 in the city of Tuapse, Russia. As of 2014-2015 in active service with the 7th Military Base. His photo album contains photo series (# 27, # 31), from the period of “Rostov-Ukraine mission 2014”.
- Aleksandr Aliyev
Born October 05, 1995 in the city of Omsk, Russia. As of 2014 in active service with the 7th Military Base. His photo album contains photo series from the period of “Rostov-Ukraine mission 2014” with a store of ammunition (# 2, # 4), geotagged – Matveyev-Kurgan Raion of Rostov Oblast, 2 km from the Ukrainian border.
- Aleksandr Semyonov
Born May 25, 1995 in the city of Yoshkar-Ola, Russia. As of 2012-2016 in active service with the 7th Military Base. In September 2016, he was awarded a certificate of merit by the Commander of the Southern Military District (No. 3).
- Sergey Layevsky
Born March 05, 1994 in the city of Omsk, Russia. As of 2013-2015 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Ilya Efremov
Born in 1994 in the city of Perm, Russia. As of 2013-2015 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Dmitry Lung (Berkut, Ivanov)
Born September 05, 1991 in the city of Donetsk, Rostov Oblast, Russia. As of 2014-2016 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
- Georgy Kiselev
Born December 20, 1985 in the city of Saransk, Russia. As of 2014-2015 in active service with the 7th Military Base.
At least 10 of the 21 identified artillerymen that participated in “Rostov-Ukraine missions of 2014” are active military personnel and continue to serve at the 7th Russian Military Base in occupied Abkhazia. Some have been spotted in the battalion tactical groups of the 7th Military Base, which has been on combat duty at the border with Ukraine in Rostov Oblast of the Russian Federation since 2014.
Personnel and armament of the 7th Military Base of the Russian occupation forces
The 7th Krasnodar Red Banner Order of Kutuzov and the Red Star Military Base, military unit 09332 (Gudauta, occupied Abkhazia, Georgia), includes:
– Four mechanized infantry battalions;
– Sniper company;
– MBT battalion;
– Two self-propelled artillery battalions and one battery of towed howitzers;
– Rocket artillery battalion;
– Antitank artillery battalion;
– Antiaircraft missile battalion and an antiaircraft artillery missile battalion (parts of the so-called Anti-aircraft battalion group of the 7th Military Base);
– Reconnaissance battalion;
– UAV company;
– Engineer battalion;
– NBC protection company;
– Control (communications) battalion;
– EW company;
– Control and artillery reconnaissance battery (of the artillery commander);
– Control and radar reconnaissance platoon (of the air defense commander);
– Control Platoon (of the reconnaissance commander);
– Maintenance battalion;
– Logistics battalion;
– Headquarters company;
– Medical company;
– Military advisers platoon;
– Training simulator platoon;
– Training range;
– Brass band.
The military base also includes a so-called aviation command office providing ground support for periodic flights of the Russian Airforce planes to the airfield in Gudauta; an anti-aircraft missile regiment (formerly the 100th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment, military unit 90100), consisting of 2 SAM battalions in Agudzera and Primorskoye, which have 8 units of S-300 SAM’s on combat alert (make part of the so-called anti-aircraft battalion group of the 7th military base). The base also has an electronic technical unit with alert facilities deployed on the airfield of Sukhumi Babushara Airport.
– T-90A and T-72B3 main battle tanks – 41 pcs. (51 pcs. according to other sources);
– BTR-82AM and BTR-80 armored personnel carriers – 156 pcs.;
– MT-LB light multi-purpose armored towing vehicles – 15 pcs.;
– BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher systems – 18 pcs.;
– 2S3M Akatsiya 152-mm self-propelled howitzers – 36 pcs.;
– D-30 122-mm self-propelled howitzers – 6 pcs.;
– 2S12 Sani 120-mm mortars – 18 pcs.;
– MT-12 Rapira 100mm anti-tank guns – 12 pcs.;
– Shturm-S self-propelled anti-tank missile systems – 12 pcs.;
– BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance vehicles – 4 pcs.;
– 9A33BM2(3) Osa surface-to-air missile systems (SAM) – 12 pcs.;
– 9A34(35) Strela-10 SAM’s on armored vehicle mounts – 6 pcs.;
– 2S6M Tunguska self-propelled anti-aircraft guns – 6 pcs.;
– 9K38 Igla man portable surface-to-air missiles – 27 pcs.;
The armament of the base also includes S-300PM SAM launchers – 16 pcs. In addition, in accordance with an agreement on joint armed forces between the Russian Federation and unrecognized Republic of Abkhazia signed in Moscow on November 21, 2015, two mechanized infantry battalions, artillery and aviation groups, as well as a separate special operations group have been attached by Abkhazia to the 7th Military Base.
Except for a few of our additions, this note is based on the data from milkavkaz.net.
Judging by the number of our publications featuring military unit 09332, the 7th Military Base beats all previous records and is the most active military unit of the Russian Army in Ukraine. Read more:
- Combat Crews of 2S3 “Akatsiya” of the 7th Military Base Identified along the Border with Ukraine 10/2/2014
- ‘Donetsk Express’ – identification of Russian military equipment and weaponry, transferred to Donbas10/6/2014
- Medical Detachment of the 7th Military Base from Abkhazia Identified near the Border with Ukraine 10/11/2014
- Rocket artillery of the 7th Military Base of the Russian occupation forces from Abkhazia on the border with Donbas12/18/2014
- From tangerine paradise to Ukrainian hell: Russian contract soldiers pressed to fight in Ukraine 2/4/2015
- Servicemen of the 7th Russian Military Base from Abkhazia receive medals for fighting in Donbas 3/2/2015
- Conscripts of the 7th Russian Military Base massively recruited to become contract soldiers for the “Ukrainian missions”. 3/6/2015
- “Courageous Mihos” – a scout of the 7th Military Base, holder of medal For Courage3/18/2015
- More soldiers from 7th Military Base received Combat Medals after temporary duties in Ukraine5/13/2015
- ‘Cinderellas’ with Self-propelled Artillery Systems or How Russian Contract Servicemen are Posing as ‘Self-defence’ 6/23/2015
- The Сover Story of the ‘Former’ Soldier of the 7th Russian Base Does not Hold Water 6/30/2015
- Massive Deployment of the Russian Troops And Equipment from the Occupied Abkhazia Is Registered 9/22/2015
- Russia Deploys the Military Equipment of the 7th Base to Rostov Oblast 09/23/2015
- Russian Contract Soldier from the 7th Base Fights as ‘DPR’ Militant09/25/2015
- ‘Bored silly’: the Russian Invaders’ Games in Donbas01/10/2016
- ‘Double Strike’ to the Russian Officers from the Southern Military District02/05/2016
- Journey of Russian Occupant: Gudauta – Rostov – Donbas – Khmeimim 28/03/2016
- The Dynasty of Russian War Criminals: Biographic Narrative of the Invader07/22/2016
- Emperor’s new clothes – or Putin exposed9/16/2016
- Daily routine of the Rostov reserve of “Novorossia army” 10/4/2016
- Documents revealing personnel of another Russian BTG on a “Rostov-Ukrainian mission”10/06/2016
The databases of identified Russian military personnel and evidence of their involvement in the fighting in Ukraine on the side of the Russian-terrorist forces are available here: https://informnapalm.org/en/category/top-investigations/
This publication was prepared on the basis of an OSINT-investigation by InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community. Author Irakli Komaxidze
Infographics: Lukyan Turetsky
Translated by Artem Velichko
Edited by Max Alginin
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