"In the summer of last year the arrested militant, a resident of Odessa, underwent special military training in one of the centers near Makiivka of the Donetsk region under the guidance of regular personnel of the Russian GRU. After the course, he was awarded a fake military rank of "senior lieutenant," Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the SBU.
"From August 2014 to May 2015 the militant was the commander of the unit which is part of the so called "Givi group" (known "DPR" terrorist). It was directly involved in shelling and coordination of fire on the positions of the anti-terrorist operation forces deployed in the area of the Donetsk airport, Snizhne, Ilovaisk, Debaltseve and Avdiivka," the agency stated.
"During the search, the security service personnel seized a Ukrainian passport and documents proving his participation in the fighting on the side of the so-called "DPR ", "senior lieutenant ID", "DPR defense ministry" document proving his loss of paperwork in the course of fighting, "a leave pass" signed by the leader of his terrorist group. The militant also had with him several sets of uniforms with chevrons of the Somalia first separate battalion tactical group and Givi group, as well as patches of the Russian armed forces," the SBU noted.
"The officers also confiscated items that suggest possible involvement of the militant in the sabotage and subversive activities by the Russian special services: military topographic maps of the Donetsk region and district of Amvrosiivka village indicating the locations of the Ukrainian troops, satellite image of a training range with landmarks, two memory sticks with specific information of the "DPR" "military groups" with classified "for official use only" and "secret", 19 PC memory cartridges, two SIM cards of a Ukrainian mobile operator, USB-modem of a Russian mobile operator, a key to a safe, and metal seal," the SBU added.
The detained militant was taken to Ukraine. Operational and investigative activities are underway.
"The Security Service of Ukraine will continue to carry out joint operations with Moldovan colleagues aimed at combating terrorism in both countries," the statement concludes.