Vostok Battalion commander admits militants had Russian Buk missile

Khodakovsky

2014/07/23 • War in the Donbas

In an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since the airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday that the rebels did possess the Buk missile system.

He also indicated that the Buk may have originated in Russia and could have been sent back to remove proof of its presence.

He added: “I am an interested party. I am a ‘terrorist’, a ‘separatist’, a volunteer … In any event, I am required to promote the side I represent, even if I might think otherwise, say otherwise or have an alternative view. This causes real discomfort to my soul.”

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  • sandy miller

    Khodakovsky….why are you fighting your own people? This is why Ukraine has always been on the losing side. Why do you wanna be part of an evil empire like Putin and the Russian regime? I don’t understand. Be a patriot…settle your differences with Kiev…stop this bloodshed of Ukrainian lives. It will come no good for all of Ukraine.

  • Jacks Channel

    Khodakovsky, leave the East and get you thoughts together. If you have a family take them with you. Do it. Good luck.

  • Victor Mishalow

    I think this could be disinformation. The Russians are currently between a rock and a hard place and have to choose between a bad outcome and a very bad outcome. It is better to lay the blame on the terrorists groups making such a mistake than to have the Russian forces directly associated with this act of war and stupidity. What should be remembered is that the Russians set up this conflict, they stoked the fire with weapons and training, and it is only in their interests that this is happening. The terrorists will only gain, if the region becomes part of Russia. If it does not, they will be international war criminals.