Censor.NET reports citing international volunteer community InformNapalm.
In October 2014, InformNapalm investigators identified a tank crew from the 136th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Russian army. Through photos posted on the social media account of Vitaly Marakasov, a Russian serviceman, the volunteers identified the exact location of the unit of four T-90 main battle tanks (MBT) of the 136th Motorized Rifle Brigade. It is a road junction in the area of Fabrychne, next to Luhansk airport, with a signpost: to the left - Krasnyi Luch (now Khrustalnyi), straight ahead - Starobielsk, to the right - Luhansk. Read more in investigation titled Russian T-90 Tanks of the 136th Motorized Rifle Brigade in Luhansk Oblast.
Here's another look at these photos.
"Judging by the armor plating of the night sight, these are T-90A Russian MBTs, 2006 model (originally "object 188A1") with the second-generation ESSA thermal imager. The MBTs are painted in three-color camouflage, with clearly visible wind sensor. One of the photos features NSVT anti-aircraft machine gun box with side number of the tank covered with light-green paint. On one of the photos, Marakasov is posing in a combat vehicle crewman communications helmet with the number 438 (the eighth MBT of the third tank company). Now let us watch the report of Zvezda TV channel covering the equipment upgrading of the 136th Motorized Rifle Brigade and read the note of a Russian military blogger.
"We see the same T-90As in the three-color camouflage. One of the tank crew is wearing the helmet with the number 412 (the second MBT of the first tank company). Thus, matching MBT modification, camouflage pattern, and the first digit of the three-digit side number allow stating that the equipment we identified near Luhansk belongs to the 136th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Russian Army.
"The social media account of Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) terrorist Sergey Strutinskiy (born April 01, 1983, ID #3040606016) contains a photo where he is posing on the background of a Russian T-90A MBT. It bears noting the box with machine gun belt box, expecially the position, color and shape of the spot on it," the authors of the material wrote.
"It is obvious that the photos of Strutinskiy and the photos of the tank crew member from the 136th Motorized Rifle Brigade Marakasov show the same MBT. There is only one question: is it lost, on vacation, or retired?
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