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Aidar Battalion destroys a Russian Spetsnaz incursion into Shchastya and captures two wounded Spetsnaz troops

Aidar Battalion destroys a Russian Spetsnaz incursion into Shchastya and captures two wounded Spetsnaz troops

After fierce fighting with a Russian diversion reconnaissance group (DRG) in the vicinity of the town of Shchastya on Saturday April 16, 2015, two Russian soldiers were captured – a captain and a sergeant – both of the Spetsnaz GRU unit from Tolyatti, Samara Oblast, Russia. Both were wounded, although severity of their wounds is unknown at this time. The total loss of Russian attackers is also to be determined. Three Ukrainians soldiers were killed and three wounded in the battle.

The Coordinator of the InformNapalm team Roman Burko reported about this event on his Facebook page: “Insiders report that today, during a fight with the militant DRG at Shchastya, two Russian Spetsnaz troops were captured by Ukrainian forces…” (posted on Saturday, May 16, 2015 and later: “The guys from the frontline reported that by 5:00 am, the fight with the enemy’s DRG at Shchastya was over. The report about the captured Russian servicemen has been confirmed…” (posted on Sunday, May 17

Today, May 17, the Anti-terrorist Operation (ATO) Head Quarters, through its spokesman Colonel Andriy Lysenko, confirmed the report about the captured Russian servicemen at a press briefing while responding to a question about the accuracy of information on the capturing of the two soldiers of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) by Aidar battalion.

Let us remind you that back in 2014, there were numerous reports in the media that a separate brigade of Spetsnaz GRU was sent from Tolyatti to Crimea to protect a site of strategic importance. In March of 2015, there was a report that this unit, was transferred to Luhansk Oblast (

A doctor named Grigory Maximets has also confirmed the information about two wounded Russian servicemen on his Facebook page and posted photographs of their treatment in the medical centre: “Yesterday, May 16, Russian Spetsnaz attacked the Ukrainian town of Shchastya from occupied Luhansk. Based on the words of the two wounded Russian soldiers that were brought to the medical unit (of the Aidar battalion and the 59th hospital) they were confused by their commanders telling them that the Aidar battalion had left Shchastya and they were sent to confirm this…)

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(, posted approximately at 2:50 p.m. on May 17,).

Interestingly, the day after the capture of the two Russian soldiers, the LNR posted pictures of identity cards of the two prisoners on social networks, purporting to show that the Russian soldiers were LNR troops, and not Russian military.

This is a photo of the ID supposedly issued by the LNR to Alexander Alatolievich Alexandrov, sergeant of contract service of the Russian armed forces from the town of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, date of birth January 7, 1987, call sign “Alex”.

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Commander of the intelligence group, Captain Eugene Vladimirovich Erofeev from Kuybyshev, Russia, date of birth January 18, 1985, call sign “Dolphin” supposedly got this ID card.

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The InformNapalm publishes this material, even the graphic photographs, in order to prevent any attempt by individuals to hide or deny the evidence of the Russian attack and capture of their troops.

Translated by Sveta Kemblowski


Full translation of the conversation between 2 Ukrainian soldiers and Russian POW Aleksandr Aleksandrov

Ukrainian soldier #1: Your last name, first name, patronymic name?

Russian POW: Aleksandrov Aleksandr Anatolievich.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Military rank?

Russian POW: Sergeant.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Unit?

Russian POW: 3rd Brigade.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Louder!

Russian POW: 3rd Brigade of Special Forces

Ukrainian soldier #1: Go on, city?

Russian POW: Togliatti.

Ukrainian soldier #2: 3rd Brigade of Special Forces?

Russian POW: … (nodding “yes” and looks at the Ukrainian soldier #2)

Ukrainian soldier #2: Say it loud.

Russian POW: 3rd Brigade of Special Forces, Togliatti city.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Starting from what date you are in the “zone” (means Anti-Terrorist Operation zone)?

Russian POW: Since March 26.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Last name of your commander?

Russian POW: Yarofeev Yevgeniy Vladimirovich.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Military rank?

Russian POW: Captain.

Ukrainian soldier #1: What area you worked in?

Russian POW: Area of Shchastya, city of Shchastya.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Group structure? Number of people?

Russian POW: 14 men.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Last names?

Russian POW: … (makes deep breath and closes his eyes)

Ukrainian soldier #1: Military rank and last name?

Ukrainian soldier #2: Tasks and under what circumstances you were captured?

Russian POW: Commander of the group, captain Yarofeev. Deputy commander of the group, praporshchik Azimov (“praporshchik” is a rank in the Russian military). Commander of 1st squad… I don’t know… don’t remember his name…

Ukrainian soldier #1: Think, think, concentrate, remember.

Russian POW: Yefreitor Kutul-Akhmetov (“yefreitor” is a rank in the Russian military). Machine gunner, yefreitor Konovalov, senior gunner. Sniper, junior sergeant Nemov.

Ukrainian soldier #2: Callsigns? You know everybody communicate to each other by callsigns.

Russian POW: Wait… wait…

Ukrainian soldier #1: He is naming the group now (addressing to Ukrainian soldier #2 who interferes into conversation). Name the group till the end (addressing to Russian POW).

Russian POW: Scout…(couple of words not clear) Grigoriev, sergeant Grigoriev.

Ukrainian soldier #1: uh huh… (meaning “Yeah”).

Russian POW: Sapper, yefreitor Spiridonov. Commander of 2nd squad, senior sergeant Yevlaev. Sniper, Kulmukhametov, yefreitor.

Ukrainian soldier #2: Sasha (Sasha is short for Aleksandr in Russian), has physical force been used towards you?

Russian POW: No, hasn’t.

Ukrainian soldier #2: No. Say this directly.

Russian POW: Physical force hasn’t been used towards me.

Ukrainian soldier #2: You are a soldier of Russian Federation or you are transferred to the reserve?

Russian POW: I am a soldier of Russian Federation.

Ukrainian soldier #1: You are on military service, starting from what date you are on military service?

Russian POW: Starting from December 12, 2012.

Ukrainian soldier #2: You are contract soldier now, yes?

Russian POW: Yes, I am a contract soldier.

Ukrainian soldier #2: What is the motto of special forces, the motto of your regiment?

Russian POW: At any time, in any place – any task.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Clear. Number of groups that you know that work in this area?

Russian POW: 4.

Ukrainian soldier #2: Those that consist of servicemen of Russian Federation.

Russian POW: Those that I know…

Ukrainian soldier #1: 4 groups…

Russian POW: In the area of Shchastya…

Ukrainian soldier #1: In the area of Shchastya work…

Ukrainian soldier #2: Do not prompt him, let him say himself…

Ukrainian soldier #1: How many men, how many groups work in the area of Shchastya?

Russian POW: In the area of Shchastya we rotate with one group all the time.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Are there some other groups working in this area?

Russian POW: In the neighbor areas.

Ukrainian soldier #1: In what neighbor areas?

Russian POW: Raivka.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Next.

Russian POW: Stanytsia Luhanska area.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Next.

Russian POW: I don’t know more, I don’t know other groups.

Ukrainian soldier #1: You don’t know their tasks?

Russian POW: No… observation…

Ukrainian soldier #2: Your tasks?

Ukrainian soldier #1: What orders were you getting from your command, orders the group got when moved forward?

Russian POW: Get to the point… (the rest is not clear).

Ukrainian soldier #2: Under what circumstances you were wounded? What is the task of your group?

Russian POW: Get to the point… make observation…

Ukrainian soldier #2: Say louder, please.

Russian POW: Get to the bridge and make observation.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Next. What happened?

Russian POW: … (phrase not clear)… we were detected… when we were retreating I was wounded in the leg.

Ukrainian soldier #2: Did you cross the territory…?

Ukrainian soldier #1: Did you cross the territory that borders?

Russian POW: No, we didn’t cross the river. (Means Siverskiy Donets River, the demarcation line between territory controlled by so-called Lugansk People’s Republic and Ukraine controlled territory).

Ukrainian soldier #2: You task was observation? Or no? Ok, we won’t prompt you, tell us clearly your task, your group movement.

Russian POW: Our task was observation… if there was some result of observation, then…

Ukrainian soldier #2: Getting to the specified point, I understand…

Ukrainian soldier #1: Group members, how many men?

Russian POW: 14 men.

Ukrainian soldier #1: 14 men. For what period of time you come here, you rotate, or you are permanently deployed here?

Russian POW: For 4-5 days.

Ukrainian soldier #1: After that you depart to you permanent place of deployment?

Russian POW: Yes, to Lugansk city.

Ukrainian soldier #2: Lugansk city… How did you get to Lugansk city initially?

Ukrainian soldier #1: You are located here, you arrive on vehicles?

Russian POW: Yes, we arrive on vehicles.

Ukrainian soldier #1: What kind of vehicles?

Russian POW: “URAL” truck.

Ukrainian soldier #2: Armored vehicles like BMD, BMP?

Russian POW: Only on “URAL” truck.

Ukrainian soldier #2: Who comes with armored vehicles?

Ukrainian soldier #1: Last name of commander of your brigade?

Russian POW: Hennadiy Shchepin.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Shchepin?

Russian POW: Yes.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Say his military rank and last name.

Russian POW: Colonel Shchepin.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Company commander?

Russian POW: … (the name is not clear in the video)

Ukrainian soldier #1: Permanent brigade deployment location?

Russian POW: Togliatti city.

Ukrainian soldier #2: Can you say it again louder?

Russian POW: Togliatti city.

Ukrainian soldier #2: Togliatti city…

Ukrainian soldier #2: How do you communicate with local population on that side of the river?

Russian POW: Just communicate.

Ukrainian soldier #2: Get information?

Russian POW: We don’t get information. We ask militia.

Ukrainian soldier #2: How do you communicate with so-called militia?

Russian POW: Just…

Ukrainian soldier #2: Joint operations?

Russian POW: No joint operations.

Ukrainian soldier #2: You have an order not to get in contact with them or what?

Russian POW: No, we communicate, but no joint operations, don’t discuss tasks.

Ukrainian soldier #2: So you don’t communicate…

Ukrainian soldier #1: So units are working without co-operation, autonomously, correct?

Russian POW: Yes…

Ukrainian soldier #1: Number of groups that you know that work based in Lugansk city.

Russian POW: 6-8.

Ukrainian soldier #1: 6-8 groups. Who do you know from other groups? Last names?

Russian POW: …(thinking, not clear what he says, can’t say last names).

Ukrainian soldier #1: Callsigns?

Russian POW: Sergeant…(name is not clear), sergeant Aleksandrov.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Also sergeant Aleksandrov? He also works in a separate group?

Russian POW: Yes… squad commander.

Ukrainian soldier #1: Where does that group work… now?

Russian POW: He is located in Lugansk city now.

Ukrainian soldier #1: And where did he work?

Russian POW: Stanytsia Luhanska area.



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