‘Volunteers’ from Saint-Petersburg. Matvey Efremov. He left a wife and three children. He wanted to make a quick buck.
Vladimir Melnikov (second from the left). He had no family.
On July 2 they were killed in Sloviansk.
The mourning ceremony for the troopers of 45th Special Forces Airborne Regiment took place in Moscow. The cause of death is unknown; the soldiers either died as a result of a group accident or were killed in Ukraine during the ATO.
There are currently no tactical operations that engage Russian special ops; there are no reports about casualties among Russian soldiers, either. Relatives of the deceased shy away from interviews. No Russian journalist would write about heavy losses incurred by terrorists and Russian mercs since in current media environment it’s all quite the opposite – brave rebel fighters mash the Kyiv junta while retreating (though leaving behind piles of metal junk and decaying human remains with Russian ID papers).
The law enforcing agencies detained five members of a subversive group, who were planning to detonate the railway line in Huliaipilskyi district, Zaporizhzhia region.
Confiscated terrorist inventory included 100 kg of TNT explosive and ground maps with rail bridges marked for detonation.
According to the terrorists, they completed a special ops training in one of Rostov training camps (Russia).
Border guards detained 52-year old Russian citizen, a member of DNR terrorist organization, when he was trying to leave the territory of Ukraine, Press Center of the State Border Service informs.
June 8, 2014, the SSU Counterintelligence Department prevented Russian special services from setting up a communications interception hub next to one of the military units in Kharkiv region.
For this task the foreign intelligence services recruited two Ukrainians, providing them with spy equipment and precise instructions for its fine-tuning and usage.
One of the detained has already been recruited by Russian agents who used him for stealing sensitive ATO data and recruiting mercenaries for combat actions against Ukrainian soldiers.
In one of the Kramatorsk administration buildings, Ukrainian military discovered lists of militants that included nicknames and contacts, copies of Russian urban fighting manual and diagrams depicting weak spots of armored carriers.
Experts note that civilians without special military training would be unable either to set up such a deployment and maintenance arrays for check points or find such manuals and diagrams as they are classified.
July 4, 2014, the SSU officers detained a car driven by a Makiivka resident at the checkpoint on Zaporizhzhia-Donetsk highway. During the search, law enforcers discovered two bags with Russian rubles on the back seat of the car.
The 33-year old courier has been carrying more than 5,000,000 rubles from the Crimea to Donetsk for financial support of a terrorist organization, that is, to reward mercenaries for their offensive against Ukrainian servicemen and shooting of the civilians.
Currency straps on the confiscated money identified issuing authority as the Bank of Russia.
National Guard soldiers stationed in Kramatorsk discovered abandoned terrorists’ arsenal of weapons with 120 mm mortar mines and ammunition rounds for ‘Nona-S’ on the territory of former ‘Proektmash’ factory. There were 60 boxes with mines (two per box) and 80 boxes with bombshells for the Russia-produced airborne artillery assault vehicle (‘Nona-S’).