News from Ukraine: Russian Troops in Donbas: Ukrainian soldiers find new proof
Politics18:26 Jul. 18, 2016

Russian Troops in Donbas: Ukrainian soldiers find new proof

Captured Russian officer insists to have crossed the border on no specific purpose

One more evidence of Russia's presence in Donbas region. Soldiers from Ukrainian 54th brigade have captured a Russian militant. The lieutenant Oleksiy Sedikov confirmed Russian-backed separatist forces shell their own positions in order to blame the Ukrainians.

Ukrainian journalist arrives at the hospital where the seized Russian militant is currently being treated. He is reluctant to start talking, demanding instead he should be accompanied by Russian diplomats.

- I will not speak without Russian consul. Do you doubt my Russian origin? Look at my personal data.

According to official data the soldier is referring to his name is Oleksiy Sedikov. 36-year-old reservist officer was born in Severodvinsk in Arkhangelsk region, that is northern Russia. Unofficial information provided tells Sedikov before being captured was commanding the 7th brigade of the so called armed forces of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic.

When the media try to figure out why Russians illegally cross Ukrainian border, Sedikov starts getting irritated, for there is no logical answer.

- It is not your business what we are doing here.

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The village of Troyitske in Donetsk region has been under heavy shellings for nearly 10 days. Ukrainian soldiers say before catching Russian militants they witnessed more and more shootings with banned heavy weapon.

Despite the never-ending attacks, the National Guard fighters caught the enemy. There were three of them, says an officer from Vinnytsia region in central Ukraine. On having noticed the Russians, he started shooting. One of the terrorists, allegedly named Nathan Tsakirov, died immediately. The other two were taken to the field hospital, though one died later. Sedikov is the only one left alive.

Shortly after seizure the imprisoned Russian insisted they undeliberately came to the Ukrainian foothold. Ukrainian soldiers, however, seriously doubt this version, since they had found a mined fire unit and a recently installed landmine.

Apart from the hidden ammunition, the soldiers of 54th Ukrainian brigade share - while treating the wounded Russians they noticed an enemy group of about 18 persons. The detainee claims there was no one, accusing the Ukrainian side of defamation. But his negation is easy to demask, since those standing on the foothold claim they have also seen a big enemy group.

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Has Sedikov known he was followed or not, is hard to guess. Ukrainian soldiers though assure if he is telling the truth about being unaware, this means Kremlin used Sedikov and his accomplices as a live target. The journalists suppose these few militants were supposed to draw the attention of the Ukrainians, while a more numerous gang prepared to attack Ukraine's positions.

Oleksiy Sedikov denies the presuppositions of the Ukrainian side. His main argument is about 18-year-old guys forced to fight against Ukrainians. However, in a while it becomes clear these youngsters are controlled from Kremlin.

Oleksiy Sedikov, captured Russian soldier: "People do not want this war to be continued. They consider us as if we were evils. Even when 15-year-old teenagers cast a momentary glance, it becomes clear they hate us."

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Already after detaining the Russians Ukrainian militaries find some more surprises from the enemy. One of the Ukrainian soldiers noticed a fire, seemingly grass to be burnt. In a while the National Guard servicemen fixed four Russians approaching their positions. Ukrainian fighters start shooting, the wreckers step back. Previously Sedikov and his killed comrades had followed the same route.

The seized Russian officer is set to remain imprisoned. As soon as the doctors cure his wounds, the detainee is anticipated in Ukrainian military court.

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