A source familiar with the matter told Censor.NET that from 2014 until the present, Baklanov occupied senior staff positions connected with manning and arming combined Russian-terrorist units including 7th and 5th separate motorized rifle brigades and Pyatnashka detachment. As deputy commander of the 7th brigade in charge of armament in 2014-2015, he personally organized delivery by rail and unloading of military cargoes from the Russian Federation (military hardware, weapons, ammunition and more) and was involved in manning the 7th brigade.
Being a member of the 7th brigade, Baklanov was involved in delivery of the following munitions:
- about 700 tank rounds;
- about 100-150 rounds for 100-mm Rapira cannons;
- 122-mm shells – 17,000 pcs;
- 120-mm mortar shells – 16,000 pcs;
- 122-mm rockets for Grad missile launchers – 13,000 pcs;
- 5,45 – 6,000,000 pcs;
- 7.62x39 – 500,000-600,000 pcs;
- 7.62x53 – 3,000,000-3,500,000 pcs;
- GP-25 grenades for under-barrel grenade launchers – several thousand pcs;
- AGS-17 grenades for automatic grenade launchers – several thousand pcs;
- F-1, RGD-5 hand grenades – 5,000 pcs;
Military cargoes without identifying insignia and shipping documents were delivered to depots of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps from the territory of the Russian Federation. In 2016, the Russian Federation shipped about 100 tons of ammunition to the illegal armed groups for them to be able to conduct combat operations against Ukrainian Armed Forces, and the following military hardware:
- 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer - 20 units;
- D-30 towed howitzer - 18 units;
- 100-mm Rapira anti-tank gun - six units;
- T-64 main battle tank - 30-40 units and several T-72 tanks;
- PM-38 mortars - 30 pcs;
- BTR-70 armored personnel carrier - up to eight units;
- BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle - up to 80 units;
- Kamaz, Ural trucks - more than 100 units;
- Body armor – 1,700 pcs;
- Helmets – 1,500 pcs.
The Russian officers were in charge of equipment supplies from the Russian Federation. They accompanied teams of drivers sent in Russia to deliver hardware to the Donbas. The military vehicles were mainly shipped from the Rostov region and the Krasnodar Territory, namely from Novocherkassk and Rossiyskoye village in the Rostov Region. It was subsequently delivered by rail through Russian Kuibyshev-2 border crossing point in Torez where the headquarters of the 7th brigade was located at that time. From there, the equipment was eventually distributed to the brigade detachments.
Military instructors and advisers – the Russian career officers - occupied the posts of unit commanders, commander deputies, chiefs of staff. They trained members of the illegal armed formations.
After starting to cooperate with the investigation, Baklanov confirmed that citizens of the Russian Federation and Russian military advisers served in the ranks of the 7th Brigade in 2014-2015. They occupied posts of commanders at all levels, in particular:
- Russian national Alexander Bushuyev, call sign Zarya (cover name Alexander Kolosov) - colonel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the 7th brigade commander in 2015-2016;
- Russian national Mikhail Vinogradov, call sign Vinograd (aka Beria), born in 1976, - Russian military advisor;
- Russian citizen Stanislav Yershov, call sign Klyon (cover name Klenov), born Oct 7, 1970 – colonel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the 7th brigade commander in 2015-2016;
- Russian national with call sign Eskander - colonel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, served as deputy commander of the 7th brigade in charge of armament in 2015-2017