Russian invasion to Ukraine: Russian Arms in Donbas: Volunteer analysis of new evidence

19:44 Sep. 7, 2016

Russian Arms in Donbas: Volunteer analysis of new evidence

Russian-made 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers of Kremlin-backed separatists (Photo by InfomNapalm)

Investigation of documents from Kremlin-backed separatist secret service "MGB DPR" and materials of OSCE SMM gave new evidence of Russian invasion

Volunteers of the international community InformNapalm  identified Russian military equipment and armament with a caliber of over 100 mm at the disposal of so-called "DPR" militants. The identification was performed using photographs obtained from mailboxes of the Kremlin-backed separatist secret service "MGB DPR" and documents of the so-called "1st Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the DPR" with photos of serial numbers of equipment and weapons. The "1st Motorized Rifle Brigade of the DPR", or "military unit №08801", is based in the village of Komsomolsk, Donetsk region.

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The investigation revealed the facts of repeated concealment and swapping of weapons with a caliber over 100 mm by combined Russian-separatist forces and use of the weapons, which could not be captured from Ukrainian military units in the east of Ukraine. The information was found in Russian proxies' mailbox and recordings of OSCE SMM.


Russian-backed separatists cheat OSCE with quantity of 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers - two pieces with the same number (Photo collage by InfomNapalm)

"The facts once again demonstrate the leading role of the Russian Federation in the supply of weapons to militants, and in violation of the Minsk agreements," volunteers stated.

The materials show Russian-made self-propelled howitzers 2S1 Gvozdika, BM-21 Grad MLRS on Ural-375D truck chassis, and MT-12 Rapira anti-tank guns. Volunteers also revealed the geolocation of the base where the withdrawn weaponry is stored. 

The full story of investigation is available on the InformNapalm website

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