"A citizen of Russia Gadzhiyev, born in 1973, a native and resident of the village of Levokumskoie situated in Levokumskii district of Stavropol Krai of the Russian Federation, participated in hostilities against the Ukrainian military detachments as part of the illegal armed formations of the 'LPR' terrorist organization," the statement reads.
According to the agency, he said that he was recruited by the Russian law enforcement officers, illegally brought into the territory of Ukraine with the help of the Russian border guards. He was enlisted in the illegal military formation under the command of the Russian officers, where he was provided with arms. He conducted shelling of the Ukrainian military detachments under command of the Russian officers using the armored vehicles brought from Russia.
It is also noted that according to the testimony that the Russian provided to the SBU investigators, he was detained by police in the city of Rostov-on-Don (the Russian Federation), in Dec. 2014 for auto theft. The Russian Major, who conducted investigation, later proposed Gadzhiyev and other detainees, who at that time were in the remand prison, exemption from criminal liability if they agree to be involved in the military equipment repair in the so-called 'Novorossia' in the Luhansk region. 22 Russian citizens arrested for various offenses gave their consent to go to Ukraine to participate in illegal paramilitary formations.
According to the detainee, the group of recruited mercenaries was picked up in the town of Donetsk in the Rostov region of the Russian Federation by the representative of the so-called 'LPR' nicknamed Pinochet, who had chosen three Russians, including Gadzhiyev on tank driver positions in the tank company of the militants' August battalion, deployed in the city of Krasnyi Luch in the Luhansk region. According to Gadzhiyev, the leader of this battalion is the Russian Federation Armed Forces lieutenant colonel with the call sign Pchela (the bee).
"The detainee confessed that he repaired armored equipment on the territory of Ukraine. He became a driver mechanic after the special training and was directly engaged in tank attacks on the Ukrainian servicemen," the SBU stated.
According to the agency, the August gang members received ammunition load Jan. 25 in the terrorists' ammunition depot in the town of Brianka in the Luhansk region where the Russian troops brought a large number of weapons to. 12 terrorists' tanks moved out to Sanzharivka village under the command of the Russian officer and attacked the Ukrainian troops' positions. Gadzhiyev's tank was hit, the militant was detained.
"The investigation is underway. According to the 'tank driver' if he now has a choice whether to go to war in Ukraine or serve his sentence, he would have chosen "two terms in prison," the SBU press-service added.