18:09 Jun. 23, 2016
Activists say the soldiers participated in battles in eastern Ukraine
Soldiers from Russia's central Nizhny Novgorod region have been awarded a miniature bust of Vladimir Putin ‘for the best performance of military marching songs,' the Russian language news service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported on Wednesday, June 22.
This is not the first time when the soldiers of the armored regiment from the village of Mulino caught the eye of activists and investigators seeking on the internet the evidence of Russian troops presence in eastern Ukraine.
One of the soldiers from the brigade was personally honored by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in February. International investigation group Conflict Intelligence Team claimed that the soldier received the medal after being wounded in the battle near Ukrainian town of Debaltseve.
In January 2015, soldiers' parents complained that their children had been forced to sign contracts and go fighting in Donbas, while officially they were on military drills in Rostov region, which borders on Ukraine.
In August 2014 tank crewmen the same army unit were taken prisoners in Ukraine, near Ilovaisk. They told about their duty station in a video, released by the Security Service of Ukraine.