Ukrainians ‘called us occupiers,’ returning Russian mercenaries tell media

Terrorist Vladimir Efimov telling Russian media that his group of mercenaries will not fight in "LNR" anymore, because people there call them occupiers (Image: E1.ru)

Terrorist Vladimir Efimov telling Russian media that his group of mercenaries will not fight in "LNR" anymore, because people there call them occupiers (Image: E1.ru) 

2015/04/16 • Analysis & Opinion, War in the Donbas

Many commentators have speculated that Moscow faces a potentially serious problem when those who have gone to fight in Ukraine return to Russia with their anger and their military skills, the Kremlin may face a more immediate danger: those returning are undercutting Russian propaganda about what is happening in Ukraine.

Today, Yekaterinburg’s independent online news agency reported that “about 180” fighters from the Urals returned from Ukraine today and are telling their families, friends and the media that “local people [in Ukraine] called us occupiers,” an epithet that calls into question Moscow’s messages.

The returnees were led by Vladimir Yefimov, the spetsnaz veteran who recruited them to go to Ukraine in the first place. When they left for Ukraine in March, they formed “the largest official local group of volunteers since the declaration of the armistice. Only half returned today; the rest continue to fight in the troops of the “Donetsk Peoples Republic.”

“We manned checkpoints and went on patrol,” Yefimov said. “There were no serious battles,” only occasional shooting and provocations.  But the weather in the Donbas was terrible and everyone suffered with the flu, heart problems and lung infections.

He added that he and his men “had become disappointed in the Donetsk Peoples Republic to which they had gone initially because of its ‘duplicitous leadership’ and the attitudes of the local population.”

“According to Kyiv law, we are terrorists. According to a Madrid court, we are also terrorists. According to the law of the Luhansk Republic, persons who are not included on the lists of its armed forces are also members of illegal armed formations. And if one takes money for service there, then we become mercenaries” under Russian law, Yefimov said.

But it was the attitude of the local people in Luhansk, he said, that really repelled him. “They are clearly drawn to Ukraine. They pay taxes to it. And the local population in some places calls us occupiers. We simply lost the desire to work in this republic and transferred to the Donetsk Peoples Republic” where the situation is “much better.”

Yefimov told the Yekaterinburg journalists that he had had to pay for the train tickets of his men back home because of a quarrel he had with his original sponsor: That individual objected to the fact that he had disclosed his name during a media interview despite the fact that he wanted to remain anonymous because he has a business outside of Russia.

Despite all this, Yefimov said, he “plans to prepare a new group of volunteers” and has already found 40 who are ready to go.  But his words about how the people of the Donbas really view “Russian volunteers” like himself are likely to have a bigger impact on future events than anything he or they might do in Donetsk.

  • An armed personnel carrier with Russian mercenaries in Donbas, Ukraine (Image: inforesist.org)
    An armed personnel carrier with Russian mercenaries in Donbas, Ukraine (Image: inforesist.org)
  • Russian mercenaries from Chechnya in Donbas, Ukraine (Image: inforesist.org)
    Russian mercenaries from Chechnya region in Donbas, Ukraine (Image: inforesist.org)

Edited by: A. N.

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  • Lev Havryliv

    Just more evidence, if that were needed, to show that Russia is conducting a dirty war by proxy against Ukraine.

  • Borys Potytorsky

    they are terrorist occupiers of the nazi fascist variety

    • Borys Potytorsky

      ha ha ha ha your comedy just keeps on coming, who writes for you.
      My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance to idiots like you that needs work

      • Czech Friend

        Russian slaves are funny. Let them rot in their shithole of a nazi country.

        • Borys Potytorsky

          for sure, nobody likes them. their hockey players are even worse-they suck.

        • LorCanada

          I read somewhere that India’s per capita average was $1100 per month, whereas Russia’s was around $800 per month. Looks as if India has a brighter future than Putin’s backwater isolated “land of the Mongols”, lol.
          The truth is Putin has caused the Russian economy to backslide because of his involvement in war games which make investors very skeptical of his prospects as a reliable source. There’s more of course but this is a start.

          • LorCanada

            Find another playmate. bye bye ………….

      • LorCanada

        Your spouting of the usual boring ruskie propaganda is tiresome to say the least. So, you would have everybody bow down before ambitious Putin who uses people for his agendas.
        Pootie is just miffed because his puppet Yanukovych was ousted as we all know and he lost his grip on Ukraine’s government. So what does Putin do? He starts a “proxy” war against Ukraine and sends in his henchmen to cause death and destruction to east Ukraine. Thus far, 6,000 have been killed, and Ukrainian refugees have numbered to 1.3 million, scattered everywhere. You can thank Putin for his mess!

        • LorCanada

          Find another playmate. bye bye …………………

  • misusan

    putin/s little dogs///

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitch

    I got a dog/// and I know how he reacts… many people also have dogs.

  • misusan
  • canuke

    Go somewhere else. Your meaningless repetitive posts are useless, and tiring.

    • rgb

      You and other Russians may hold people of other countries in contempt while majority of the other countries’ people hold PITY for you Russians.

      • LorCanada

        Yes, we pity the ruskies’ ignorance. It is the remains of the Mongol streak, I suppose, that they haven’t yet outgrown.

    • Borys Potytorsky

      check this video and report back to me-that is your assignment for tonight

  • LorCanada

    You forget that there were THOUSANDS of Maidan demonstrators who camped in the square for days and days. Are you suggesting USA would kill thousands of its own people? If so, you are quite wrong.

    • LorCanada

      You exaggerate! I doubt very much that Washington was going to kill thousands of its own people who were demonstrating for whatever reason. The same holds true for Ukraine, their own government wasn’t about to kill thousands of the demonstrators. However it was snipers who did open fire on the Maidan crowd and killed over 100 innocent citizens.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        I remember the mass antiwar demonstrations in Washington DC during the Vietnam war. While things sometimes got out of hand with the police using tear gas, I can’t recall a single instance of the DC police or National Guard shooting with assault rifles at the demonstrators, let alone killing 100 of them as Yanukovich’s Berkut thugs did.

        • Andrew Chmilewsky

          You did have Kent State University in Ohio. National Guard.

      • Vlad Pufagtinenko

        First intelligent contribution you’ve made here. Good for you.

  • Oknemfrod

    Ever heard of the Occupy Wall Street? Ever hear of anyone killed there by “American Militarized Police” in Zuccotti Park or elsewhere? You’re chock full of bull.

    • Marko

      Shut your dirty mouth, mongolian golden horde.

      • Vlad Pufagtinenko

        You got all three terms in that response….you’re deserving of your Putin cheque this month.

    • fredyb

      I think somebody needs to find you first, than approach you face to face, than lets see how mouthy you really are beyond hiding behind your computer, what you need is a beaten, I myself am to old but does not stop me from wishing somebody does find you and slap you so hard your ancestors will fell it you nitwit.

      • fredyb

        Like I said before your comments don’t mean squat, do not need to read anything from an arrogant nitwit, nobody here tries to be a tuff guy except yourself, your the one that antagonizes and humiliates people, I don’t know where you are or who you are and frankly don’t care, I do wish somebody can find you and slap you, you are the one that hides behind your computer and bullies people, it’s time you got a taste of your own medicine, and you don’t know jack about Ukraine or anything else for that matter so bury yourself under whatever rock you came from nitwit.

        • http://www.moonbattery.com Bodhisattva

          I see you’re a trollish internet bully against other people too. You might want to GET A LIFE. Back away from the keyboard and monitor.

          • fredyb

            I never bully anyone, however I do address idiots who try to pass themselves smart, and bible thumpers as well.

      • http://www.moonbattery.com Bodhisattva

        You should run – don’t walk, run – to the local VA and tell them that you’re threatening people over the internet. They can help you.

        • fredyb

          Never have to threaten self proclaimed wanna be bad ass nitwit bible thumpers, people like you are so easily heroic behind your monitors, face to face all one needs is to say boo and you shit your pants.

  • Andrew Chmilewsky

    It’s not spelled “Kiev” — silly ignorant Russo-mongolian, in “Kyiv.” — Did you make your troll quota monhol? 😉

    • W8post

      You also may write it as ‘КИЇВ’…

      • Andrew Chmilewsky

        They lack the alphabet for all that…. That’s why they tried to screw things up and created the “unification alphabet” to make it like more like that BS they grunt out like pigs.

        We should have let them speak that Finno-Ugric etc… other swamp language.

        Shouldn’t have taught them how to make fire either… the ungrateful savages!

        Stupid they are!

    • Andrew Chmilewsky

      Hmm…. you’re very loud…. “Omega Motors…” :)

      Maybe I should go to your FB page and deal with those disgusting Russo-mongol women etc… of yours… ARE YOU AFRAID?? :)

      You got a big MOUTH for a CHEAPLY PAID, Russo-mongolian TROLL COWARD in a dirty communist slave BS country.

      • Andrew Chmilewsky

        yeah…. some friends there…. with PHOTOS! :))
        Russo-mongolians…. pieces of s**t like you if they’re friends with you.

        Do they know what you do for a living? :)

        What you say when not “omega moters and US Militarism Sucks !! ….”

        Their photos should became FAMOUS! :)
        Then they can thank you… and Mother Russo-mongolia of course! For they must obviously agree with scum like you. They’re monhols too but of course anyway. Same “kultura” — same HEMNO monhol kutura and hamstvo. Ruskie hamstvo, from their mother’s milk — before they began selling themselves for Euros and Dollars like good Ruskie women do. :)

    • Andrew Chmilewsky

      Hmm…. you no speaka da Anglish so good either CHEAP Russo-mongolian troll…

      White language after all…. so that’s understandable. Not very educated either…. Ruskie teachers too! :)

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    Whether this broadcast will have any effect beyond Ekaterinburg remains to be seen. It’s more than likely that the demented dwarf’s goons will block further broadcasting and start persecuting the returnees who step out of line. At best the broadcast and word-of-mouth may deter locals from volunteering or supporting the terrorists with donations, but nothing more.
    Still, there’s nothing to stop anyone from spreading the broadcast on the internet.

    • LorCanada

      Ho hum. More up to date facts are, the credit rating for Russia has been listed as “junk”, and investors are not keen to invest their life’s earnings into a country that is busy with war games.

      • LorCanada

        Idiot, find another playmate. bye bye ………………

  • Vlad Pufagtinenko

    “everyone suffered with the flu, heart problems and lung infections”. Hopefully this kills them next time. Russian garbage.

  • Handyman1

    The Ukrainian people apparently showed no gratitude. What time do we live in that people no longer show gratitude to terrorists !

    • LorCanada

      The east Ukraine locals can see for themselves that the ruskie armed criminals are out to kill and for what they can steal from the homes, apartments, cars, valuables, left behind by the fleeing refugees. The rebels intimidate those who are pro-Ukraine, mostly pensioners and folks who have nowhere else to go. RUSKIES = GO HOME!

      • LorCanada

        Get lost, you are tiresome. bye bye ……………………….

  • Murf

    “because of a quarrel he had with his original sponsor: That individual objected to the fact that he had disclosed his name during a media interview despite the fact that he wanted to remain anonymous because he has a business outside of Russia.”
    This is “original sponsor” is the type of target the people who are murdering former regime supporters need to go after.

  • Czech Friend

    Russian thugs and scum of the earth. From Kremlin to the last of these bloodthirsty mercs.

    • LorCanada

      You would be angry too if some terrorists came into your town or city and started to kill off the municipal leaders, mayor and council members, raided the police stations, and looted the homes of the people. Learn to see things in their right light.

      • LorCanada

        You are such an IDIOT. Find another playmate. GET LOST!!!
        bye bye …………………………

  • vSkiper

    I guess between Mongolia and Poland is Russia right?

  • LorCanada

    I suppose you would be happier if the Ukrainian people sold out to Putin? Of course, that is what you are getting paid for, to spout false information about other nations but leave Putin to be glorified as a saint, eh? Well, that doesn’t gain you any points, quite the opposite. We can see through your propaganda as usual.
    What are you worried about for IMF or the world Bank? Have you invested your life’s savings in them? If not, then stop meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation, Ukraine, which has every right to decide its own future without your butting in.
    For your information, a “junta” refers to a military government, and Ukraine is not that at all, so you are mistaken, again.
    The pathological liar in all this is sly Putin who denies any involvement in Ukraine while he has continued to send in his military hardware, missiles, mercenaries, and all the rest, across the border into Ukraine’s territory. It’s the KGB sneaky side of Pootie we see, for sure.

    • LorCanada

      Idiot, find another playmate. bye bye ……………..

  • LorCanada

    I doubt very much that U.S. police would readily shoot to kill thousands of its own citizens! You exaggerate a lot and are not believable.

    • LorCanada

      bye bye ………… Find another playmate. GET LOST!!!!

  • LorCanada

    Idiot. Go find another receptacle for your garbage!

    • LorCanada

      Idiot, find another playmate. GET LOST! bye bye …………..

  • Andrew Chmilewsky

    Nah’…… that SERBIAN SLUT…..
    Sasha G. Aleksic :) — SHE SUCKS!!!

    She SUCKS A LOT!!!! — LOOK AT THE FACEBOOK PHOTO ON THAT THING!!! — Serbian WHORE!!!! Russian sperm swallower!
    Serbian trash slut….. Even you can f’ck her! :)

  • Andrew Chmilewsky

    Look at Sasha G. Aleksic :)
    Serbian trash…. SHE’S GREAT TO SHIT ON!!! :) I’ll have to post more of her photos and your FB page a lot more…. :)

    GREAT PLACES TO SHIT ON! :))

    Not much your rubles buy you, eh? Ruskie bootlicker from Serbia? 😉

  • Joe Dirt

    Yet another blatant lie. That interview never happened.