About 60% of enemy fighters in Donbas are former or current servicemen of the Russian Federation

Russian special operations soldier with a "Vintorez" silenced sniper rifle.

 

2015/06/10 • Military analysis, Russia, War in the Donbas

The total number of enemy forces on the territory of Ukraine is about 42 thousand. 

Victor Yagun, the Deputy Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine (Image: RBC-Ukraine)

Victor Yagun, the Deputy Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine (Image: RBC-Ukraine)

About 60% of members of the illegal military groups are former or current servicemen of the Russian Federation. This was stated during a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Inter-Parliamentary Council by the deputy chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Viktor Yagun, as reported by the correspondent of RBC-Ukraine.

Yagun also informed that the total number of enemy forces on the territory of Ukraine is about 42 thousand.

The grave of a Russian special operations soldier killed fighting in Ukraine (Image: RBC-Ukraine)

The grave of a Russian special operations soldier killed fighting in Ukraine (Image: RBC-Ukraine)

“Of these, the grouping of the Armed Forces, which is in the east of Ukraine may be composed of up to 15 battalion tactical groups and 5 company tactical groups, specifically artillery groups, reconnaissance groups, missile and special purpose units totaling up to 8.5 thousand troops.“- said Yagun.

According to the SBU, these units of the Russian Federation military are armed with four “Tochka-U” tactical missile systems, 190 tanks, 590 armored personnel carriers, eight TOS-1 “Buratino” multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon systems, 149 artillery systems, 89 multiple rocket launchers, and 68 air defense systems.

A Russian TOS-1 "Buratino" system destroyed by the Ukrainian troops during the defense of the Donetsk airport in February 2015. (Image: Ukraine MoD)

A Russian TOS-1 “Buratino” system destroyed by the Ukrainian troops during the defense of the Donetsk airport in February 2015. (Image: Ukraine MoD)

The groupings of illegal armed groups in the east of the occupied territory of Ukraine can count up to 33.5 thousand of personnel,” – said Yagun and that they are armed with 350 tanks, 910 armored vehicles, 370 artillery systems, 200 multiple rocket launchers and about 60 air defense weapons.

“About 60% of members of the illegal paramilitary groups are former or current servicemen of the Russian Federation, who have previously received special training and re-training in bases on the territory of the Russian Federation,” – he added.

Russian Federation servicemen from Chechnia arriving in Donbas in 2014 (Image: AFP)

Russian Federation servicemen from Chechnia arriving in Donbas in 2014 (Image: AFP)

Yagun also noted that virtually all of the leadership of these illegal militias are serving Russian military personnel who conceal their origin, their military titles, and their belonging to the Russian Federation.

Translated by: A. N.
Source: RBC – Ukraine

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  • puttypants

    How do you prove these numbers so USA and Europe can’t just act deaf, dumb and blind anymore?

  • Brent

    AND, as the article states, these troops are recruited in Russia, transported to Rostov,TRAINED and allowed to cross Russia’s border into Ukraine.

    Any country that allows troops, whether they be volunteers or hired mercenaries, into an adjoining country without its consent is committing an act of war against that country. No matter how much Putin lies about there being no Russian troops in Donbass, he needs to be called out by our leadership in his complicity in allowing the recruiting and training to occur on Russian soil, AND for allowing them to cross Russia’s border into Ukraine.

  • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

    The “volunteers” might find this useful:

    The Criminal Code of The Russian Federation

    Article 12. The Operation of Criminal Law in Respect of Persons Who Have Committed Offences Outside the Boundaries of the Russian Federation

    1. Citizens of the Russian Federation and stateless persons who permanently reside in the Russian Federation and who have committed crimes outside the boundaries of the Russian Federation shall be brought to criminal responsibility under this Code, if their deeds have been recognized as crimes in the State on whose territory they were committed, and unless these persons have been convicted in the foreign State. In case of conviction of said persons, the punishments may not exceed the upper limit of the sanction provided for by the laws of the foreign State on whose territory the crimes have been committed.
    2. Servicemen of the military units of the Russian Federation located beyond the confines of the Russian Federation shall bear criminal responsibility for their crimes committed in the territories of foreign states under this Code, unless otherwise stipulated by international agreements of the Russian Federation.

    Article 208. Organization of an Illegal Armed Formation, or Participation in It

    1. Creation of an armed formation (unit, squad, or any other group) that is not envisaged by a federal law, and likewise operating of such a formation, shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of two to seven years.
    2. Participation in an armed formation that is not provided for by a federal law shall be punishable by restraint of liberty for a term of up to three years, or by arrest for a term of up to six months, or by deprivation of liberty for a term of up to five years.
    Note: A person who has ceased to take part in an illegal armed formation of his own free will, and has handed in his weapons, shall be released from criminal responsibility unless his actions contain a different corpus delicti.

    Article 209. Banditry

    1. Creation of a stable armed group (band) with the aim of assaulting individuals or organizations, and also operation of such a group (band), shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of up to 15 years, with or without a fine in the amount of up to one million roubles or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to five years.
    2. Participation in a stable armed group (band), or in its assaults,
    shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of eight to 15 years, with or without a fine in the amount of up to one million roubles or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to five years.

    Article 210. Organization of a Criminal Community (Criminal Organization)

    1. Creation of a criminal community (criminal organization) for committing grave or especially grave crimes, and likewise operation of such a community (organization) or its structural subdivisions, and also creation of an association of organizers, leaders, or other representatives of organized groups for formulating plans and conditions for the commission of grave or especially grave crimes,
    shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of seven to fifteen years, with or without a fine in the amount of up to one million roubles or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to five years
    2. Participation in a criminal community (criminal organization) or in an association of organizers, leaders or other representatives of organized groups, shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of three to ten years with or without a fine in the amount of up to 500 thousand roubles or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to three years.
    3. Acts provided for by the first or second part of this Article, and committed by a person through his official position,
    shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of 10 to 20 years, with or without a fine in the amount of up to one million roubles or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income of the convicted person for a period of up to five years.
    Note. A person who has voluntarily ceased to participate in a criminal association (criminal organization) or a structural subdivision thereof, or in an association of organizers, heads or other representatives of organized groups and who has actively contributed to the solution or suppression of this crime, shall be released from criminal liability, if his actions do not contain formal elements of other crime.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Based on this, Kyiv can demand Moscow throw the book at them: illegal border crossing, illegal possession of unlicenced firearms, destruction of state and private property, armed robbery, and lots of other things.
      Kyiv can charge the two spetsnaz chaps and any other Kolorads they capture with every article in the Ukrainian Criminal code they can think of, not only terrorism. All sentences to be cumulative, of course and hopefully the maximum on each count, e.g. 3 years for illegal border crossing plus 8 for illegal possession of a firearm = 11 years, without parole of course. A couple of life sentences should dampen the ardour of the rest.
      Moscow won’t do anything, of course, but Kyiv should make the demand anyway and give it the maximum publicity.

    • canuke

      great research !

      • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

        Thank you:) As a matter of fact, it’s a typical European continental legislation. We have it in our criminal law, so it was obvious that Russia has it too. Spain used it in order to prosecute 6 of “volunteers” who had fought in Donbass. Every normal country should do the same, but in Russia criminals are rewarded not punished. The funny thing is that Igor Girkin was granted a good job in Kremlin for something what even according to Russian law was a crime.

    • Czech Friend

      would come handy if Putler’s Russia wasn’t a lawless mafia state

      • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

        Should be used right now. Ukraine should demand extradition of Igor Girkin. Russia will of course refuse – that’s a normal procedure, you don’t extradite your own citizens – but they would have to open an investigation in his case. Of course they would invent some mind-boggling interpretation to to prove his innocence, but at least they would have to make an effort… I don’t understand why it was not done or if it was done, why it was not published. Even the most criminal regimes do their best to keep appearances.

        • Czech Friend

          I do not understand that either- often times too soft approach from UA towards Russia by Poro and the government.

          I can only hope it is because they are not getting enough help from the West to be able to cut themsleves from RuSSia entirely.

          At least for the time being.

          But yeah someone with the real killer instinct is still missing among Ukraine leadership in my mind.

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            True. They seem too be a bit too shy with Moscow. An effect of centuries of victimization perhaps.

          • Czech Friend

            I think and hope it is more pragmatism perhpas even self interests. Not enough public pressure, I guess…