Interactive map shows origins of Russian mercenaries fighting in Donbas

Interactive map shows origins of Russian mercenaries fighting in Donbas

The map by Mirotvorets shows places of origins of Russian mercenaries that came to fight in Russia's hybrid army in Donbas 

War in Donbas

The Myrotvorets website has published an interactive map purporting to localize identities of Russian mercenaries fighting alongside Russian-backed separatists and the regular Russian army against Ukrainian forces in Donbas. According to the website, 3,200 mercenaries are already mapped, 15,000 are on the list.

MP and ex-Security Service employee Anton Herashchenko commented on his facebook that the databases of Myrotvorets include all “Russian terrorists, mercenaries, and militants who were found in open sources! From Kaliningrad to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.” He noted that everybody, and first of all Russian citizens, can access the website of the project and see if there are terrorists and militants that were involved in warfare on the territory of Ukraine and invited to share the map with Russians.

“In the future, the Myrotvorets center will become the prototype to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which will help track down and find all the villains who have encroached on our country, like the State of Israel did with Nazi criminals,” he added.

By clicking on the markers, you can access the links to social media profiles of the mercenaries who were included in Myrotvorets‘ databases, as well as information on their address, relatives, and involvement in military operations against the Ukrainian army in Donbas.

Myrotvorets describes itself as an NGO that researches crimes against the national safety of Ukraine, peace, safety of mankind and international law. Created in 2014, its primary activities include collecting open-source information on identities of militants who fight against the Ukrainian army in Donbas, joining the ranks of the “armies” or battalions of the so-called “republics,” as well as testimonies of people leaking information known to them. The site collaborates with Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU), General Staff, Ministry of Interior, Penitentiary Serviсe, and Border Guard, and is headed by SBU representative Roman Zaitsev. One of their special operations involved  getting hold of documents showing a plan of a major Russian invasion in 2015.

On 10 May 2016, the site published a list of over 4,000 journalists accredited in with the so-called authorities of the Luhansk and Donetsk “People’s Republics,” starting an international media scandal. Criminal proceeding were initiated against the center for “interfering with professional activities of journalists.” On 13 May 2016, the site declared that it is shutting down, but never did. On 20 May, Myrotvorets published its next list of journalists accredited with the “LDNR.”

Previously, the volunteer media initiative Informnapalm had published a database and map of the regular Russian army units that their OSINT investigations had revealed in Donbas.


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