13:12 Jul. 12, 2016
The detainee urges all militants to go back home to Russia
Ukraine's State Security Service officers (SBU) have published a video showing one of the Russian mercenaries captured in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine on July 11.
The Russian militant says: "I am a citizen of the Russian Federation. I am here (in Ukraine) because I am serving in the 7th Brigade of the 6th squadron of the 2nd motor rifle brigade. I am a platoon commander, and a senior lieutenant. I came to Krasny Luch (a militant-held town in the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine) in March 2016...
My duties included providing security and cover for my positions. There were seven people where my positions were...
I was about to leave from here (from the conflict zone), I wrote letters to some airports, but they didn't let me go... I was going to come back to Russia in August, they wait for me there. I think this was is useless, we are just killing each other.
I am urging all those who have families and who came here, to go back home (to Russia). Guys, go home. I am grateful to your (Ukrainian) doctors, for helping me, for saving my leg... I am treated like a human being here. Thank you all. My thanks to Ukrainian soldiers for saving my life".
STORY: On July 11, Ukrainian soldiers together with the SBU officers captured Russian mercenaries in combat clashes in the conflict zone - near the village of Troitske, in the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine.
The military press office reported: "On late July 11, 2016, the enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group of 23 militants launched an offensive against the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Troitske and took up a battle with Ukrainian military. Our soldiers repelled the core group who withdrew, leaving three wounded".
One of those militants who were left behind – 40-year-old Nathan Tsakirov, born in Omsk, (a Russian city in southwestern Siberia) - died from a gunshot wound.
The other two were detained. One of the raiders is a platoon commander of illegal armed formations - a Russian citizen, coming from the city of Syevyerodvinsk in the Arkhangelsk region (north of European Russia).
Ukraine's security service officers confiscated the mercenaries' documents and personal weapons.
Photo source - Ukraine's State Security Service
The fact, that the militant subversive group comprised at least two Russians once again proves the Russian aggression against Ukraine was well-planned. It also testifies to Russia's reluctance to help de-escalate the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the SBU reports.
The captured Russian-born mercenary thanked Ukrainian military for providing him with medical care and an opportunity to stay alive. He will be tried with compliance with the Ukrainian legislation.