As stated in the article by informnapalm.org, quoted here in English translation by Lugansk News Today, it is obvious who is fighting against the Ukrainian army, Censor.NET reports.
1. Krivko is Russian citizen.
2. He is a soldier of the 3rd Brigade of Special Forces of Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, aka Spetsnaz GRU. He is exactly from the same 3rd Brigade of Special Forces as Russian POWs Alexandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeniy Yerofeyev, captured by Ukrainian Army on May 16, 2015 near Luhansk.
3. He took part in attack at the Luhansk Airport on Aug. 31, 2014, when Russian Army totally destroyed and captured the airport. He was in a training camp inside Ukraine on the territory controlled by the so-called 'Luhansk People's Republic' just 8 km away from the Luhansk Airport, and posted photos from there. There is also a video interview of Krivko after the airport was seized.
4. He has got an AS "Val" assault rifle, manufactured only in Russia and used by Russian Special Forces units exclusively. He was wounded in a battle against Ukrainian Army near Sanzharivka on Jan. 28, 2015.
5. Krivko is driving an armored personnel carrier BPM-97 "Vystrel" manufactured only in Russia and used by Russian Special Forces units exclusively.
IMPORTANT UPDATE. We found a video with Russian soldier Krivko made by Graham Phillips, who uploaded the video to his Youtube channel on Sept. 5, 2014. In the video he interviews people who he calls Novorossiya militia. The video was shot on the territory of the Luhansk Airport. The airport was lost by Ukraine on Aug. 31, 2014. Krivko is the guy in tactical glasses.
Here is a screenshot from the video and another photo he posted on his page later. He wears same hat, and other details like radio and bags are adjusted identically on him in both photos.
Krivko on a video from the Luhansk Airport and a village 8 km from the airport
The photo was taken in Pershozvanivka village (it has a geo-location mark), at that time it was within the terrorists-controlled part of the Luhansk Region. The village is located about 8 km from the Luhansk Airport and obviously it was used as some kind of training camp by Russian units when they prepared attack on the airport.
Pershozvanivka village, 8 km from the Luhansk Airport
Photo of Krivko in Ukraine with geo-location
Here is a link to Krivko's profile https://vk.com/hakir79
(UPDATE: on May 29, 2015, Krivko changed his profile name to https://vk.com/shura_osechkin79
and somebody else created VKontakte profile with the profile name he used before). The irony is that he deactivated his profile after it became public and just re-activated it today. His details were also added to Security Service of Ukraine list of terrorists fighting in Ukraine
, he was listed as mercenary and instructor. Initially he used nickname "Master Yoda". The interesting fact is that Alexey Mozgovoy, the leader of pro-Russian terrorists who controlled Alchevsk and was killed on May 23, 2015, is in his friends list (link to Mozgovoy page
On the same day when he posted the photo from Pershozvanivka village (added on Sept. 22, but obviously taken earlier), he also posted images of Ukrainian and U.S. food packages that his group obviously got from the positions of the Ukrainian army they took or from Ukrainian POWs they captured. It's not a secret that Ukrainian soldiers who defended the Luhansk Airport had U.S. food packages.
U.S. MRE, Ukrainian MRE, photo posted by Krivko on Sept. 22, 2014
Ukrainian MRE, photo posted by Krivko on Sept. 22, 2014
Other photos from the same location were posted on Oct. 3 and 9, 2014. Some photos had interesting comments, but Krivko closed them for public. Still screenshots of some of his photos before he changed security settings of his profile are available here: www.psb4ukr.org. On a screenshot made on Nov. 1, 2014, you can see his comment added on Oct. 3, when the photo was uploaded: "Half an hour before storming the Luhansk Airport."
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"Half an hour before storming the Luhansk Airport," in Pershozvanivka, Ukraine
Photo of Krivko in Pershozvanivka together with his comments
After the battle for the Luhansk Airport Krivko he took some time off. He posts a lot of photos from Sochi, Russian Federation at the end of November and early December.
Krivko in Sochi, photo added on Nov. 28, 2014
On Jan. 28, 2015 at about 3:30 p.m. Krivko aka "Master Yoda" was wounded in a battle against Ukrainian Army near Sanzharivka. He was taken to hospital in Stakhanov and posted few photos from there. The photos below were taken just before the battle at 1:34 p.m. on Jan. 28, he is photographed with an AS Val assault riffle used only by Russian Special Forces units.
Photo of Krivko before a fighting with his comments
Russian Special Forces soldier Krivko with an AS Val riffle in Ukraine
Earlier that day Krivko was in Brianka. He posted a photo taken there at 2:17 a.m.. The photo shows a plate from a ballot station #30 of Brianka city. It is located in downtown Brianka, in the building of the Culture Palace.
Voting station #30, town of Brianka
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In the evening of the day he was wounded he posted a photo of the wounds. The time stamp in the photo is Jan. 28, 2015 8:40 p.m.
Krivko's wound he received near Sanzharivka
Next day early in the morning he posted history written by his doctor in Stakhanov hospital. The document read that he was wounded near Sanzharivka during military actions at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 2015. The medical form is printed in Ukrainian language.
Wounded near Sanzharivka during military actions at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2015
10 января 2015 года военная колонна с вооружёнными людьми въехала в Краснодон, контролируемый пророссийскими сепаратистами. В колонне было несколько машин БПМ-97 "Выстрел". Вооруженные люди блокировали базу сепаратистов и разоружили их.
Earlier on Jan. 13, 2015 Krivko posted a photo of himself at an armored personnel carried BPM-97 "Vystrel" used only by Russian Special Forces, but still those vehicles were reported being used by pro-Russian separatists on the territory of Ukraine. The first time such vehicle was seen in Luhansk was on Jan. 1, 2015, same day when one of the separatist leader's Bednov aka "Batman" was killed. On Jan. 10, 2015 a military convoy with heavily armed men arrived to Krasnodon, controlled by local pro-Russian separatists. They came on the same BPM-97 APCs, blocked a separatists' base and disarmed them.
Russian soldier on BPM-97 "Vystel" in Ukraine
This guy has a lot of photos that identifies him as a soldier of Russian Army special forces unit. The photos below were taken in Samara, Russian Federation. The sign on the background reads "Samara's Regional Public Organization - Union of Veterans of Airborne Troops and Special Forces Troops". Here is a link to this Airborne Veterans Organization website http://sonko.samregion.ru/sonko/catalog/272.
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Krivko in Samara
Samara's Regional Public Organization - Union of Veterans of Airborne Troops and Special Forces Troops
There is also a photo that identifies him as a soldier of the 3rd Brigade of Special Forces of Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, aka Spetsnaz GRU. In the photo, he and his friends hold a flag, the letters on the flag is abbreviation of the full name of the 3rd Brigade of Spetsnaz GRU.
Krivko with a flag of the 3rd Brigade of Special Forces of Russian Federation
Obviously they had some kind of meeting of soldiers who served in the same unit in Samara. More likely, they were recruited during that meeting and went to Ukraine to fight against Ukrainian Army on the side of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic. Here is a link to a Google Map of the location where the photo was take that matches the map behind the guys in the photo.
Meeting of soldiers of the 3rd Brigade of Special Forces in Samara