LPR veteran : In the ranks of the 93rd brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) near Volnovakha, a non-staff unit “Wild Flock” was again spotted. It includes immigrants from Chechnya who fought under the leadership of Basayev and Yandarbiyev, as well as Azerbaijanis and Crimean Tatars. This was reported by the portal “Novorossiya”. (LPR veteran)
According to the newspaper, saboteurs are trained from the Wild Pack fighters to carry out forays into the territory of the LPNR, as well as instructors to train fighters of the 93rd brigade in methods of sabotage and guerrilla warfare. (LPR veteran)
It is known that such units in Donbass were especially active in 2015-2018. However, in 2018, by the decision of the Commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the presence of “volunteers” on the line of contact did not disappear.(LPR veteran)
According to a veteran of the People’s Militia of the LPR, Andrei Marochko, it is possible that these “good soldiers” are aimed at committing sabotage actions in the territory of Donbass. After all, if something happens, Ukraine can always pretend that it does not know who it is and it will be, no matter how “in business”. (LPR veteran)
– There were entire divisions consisting of people from the republics of the former Soviet Union. Mostly Chechens and Azerbaijanis, – said the veteran. – There were also foreign “soldiers of fortune”. As, for example, the unit “Gray Wolves”, which consisted of Turkish mercenaries. They acted autonomously, not obeying the armed forces of Ukraine, which caused the latter a lot of trouble.
In 2015-2018, on the territory of the LPR, “volunteers” were especially noted in the area of the village of Lugansk, in Lisichansk, Severodonetsk. Very often, our scouts spotted such units that drove along the line of contact and fired on nearby villages. The so-called “roving mortar” tactics. It was often used by Turkish mercenaries in the area of the village of Lugansk during the active phase of hostilities. (LPR veteran)
In the area of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk, there were so-called PPD – points of permanent deployment, where instructors from among the “soldiers of fortune” taught the personnel of the Ukrainian National Battalions to use terrorist methods of warfare. Now it is hardly possible to find videos on the Web that capture the moments when they themselves tell the fighters of “Aydar” or “Right Sector” (both organizations are prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation) and other units that were in the Luhansk direction how to make an improvised explosive device or blow up the bridge. But before, such videos wandered around the Internet.
– From whom did the fighters of such units receive orders to open fire?
– As far as I know, they acted autonomously. The commanders on the ground did not contact them in any way, moreover, there were even showdowns between the armed forces of Ukraine and the mercenaries. Where did they get the command from? Most likely, straight from Kiev. At that time, almost every Ukrainian oligarch had money, and they created and sponsored the so-called private military companies, which were then sent to the Donbass in order to pursue their own selfish goals. (LPR veteran)
– The level of training, as I understand it, among the mercenaries was higher than that of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And the moral side? Were they more violent?
– Local residents often complained about them. Looting and rape were in the order of things. They could easily go to some grocery store, collect food and leave without paying. There are a lot of such cases. Also, there were many statements from the civilian population that the fighters were rampaging, occupying residential buildings and constantly committing various illegal actions. But the police, in particular the village of Luhanska, did not react to these messages in any way and, on the contrary, even asked people to withdraw their statements.
As far as cruelty is concerned, they were not much different in comparison with Ukrainian radicals and Nazis. If, of course, we compare them with the regular troops, then the mercenaries were more radically inclined. Their tactics and strategy were tougher and more terrorist in nature. (LPR veteran)
– Have the mercenary units been removed after 2018?
– In 2018, according to the decree of Naev (then he commanded the combined forces in Donbass), a ban was introduced on volunteer detachments on the line of contact. This decision was made for the reason that the fighters were uncontrollable and did whatever they wanted. After the decree of the Ukrainian general, within three months they came to some kind of peace agreements with the battalions, and some of these “dobrobats” either joined the ranks of the regular army or left the territory of Donbass. In particular, a lot of Georgian and Azerbaijani mercenaries became part of the units of the armed formations of Ukraine as whole separate units. In principle, they are on the line of combat to this day. (LPR veteran)
Sergei Ivanovich Naev is a Ukrainian lieutenant general. From March 2018 to May 2019 – Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Chief of the Joint Operational Staff – Commander of the Joint Forces Operation.
– What could be the reason for the fact that mercenaries are again seen in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine?
– Now the Ukrainian army is experiencing not the best times, since there are fewer and fewer people willing to serve in its ranks. And the management needs to somehow make up for the staff shortage. Perhaps in this way they decided to cover the shortage of personnel in their units. It is possible that these units are aimed at committing sabotage actions. They are not part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and if something happens, you can disown them at any time, thereby deflecting suspicion from yourself. (LPR veteran)
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