Censor.NET reports citing InformNapalm, that a preliminary study of the profile of the Russian invader from the 32nd SMRB revealed that his page had already been disclosed by Ukrainian bloggers week before, but the fragmented records submitted by them on Twitter were not systematized and, respectively, the information was lost on the Web and did not attract attention.
Russian Armed Forces Sergeant S. Potylitsin with medal "For the return of Crimea"
Study of his social profile data (photos, videos, status records, comments, geotags, etc.) revealed some details of the Russian serviceman's missions to Crimea and Ukraine, together with his track record during 2014-2015.
Let us turn to the details. Sergeant Stepan Potylitsin (https://vk.com/id70681033
or file: https://archive.is/dEMwv
). Russian contract serviceman of the 32nd SMRB (military unit 22316, place of dislocation - Shilovo, the Novosibirsk region), Central Military District.
The man is listed in the fire control platoon of self-propelled howitzer artillery battery, military unit 22316 (the same 32th SMRB), and is responsible for gunfire spotting of the battery firepower (the 2S3 "Acacia" 152-mm self-propelled guns). At the beginning of the Russian intervention and occupation of the Crimean peninsula in February 2014, Potylitsin was transferred together with his unit from Siberia to Crimea. This is evidenced by a number of photos, including an image of the certificate to the medal of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation "For the return of Crimea", issued in his name by the order of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation No. 219 of April 17, 2014, and signed by the Chief of Personnel Department of the Central Military District Major General A. Nesterov.
After the Crimean mission, the unit of Potylitsin was returned to the place of permanent deployment.
Russian Armed Forces Sergeant S. Potylitsin in the Donbas
On July 2, 2014, the first mission of Potylitsin was followed by another one, this time to Ukraine, which is evidenced by the movement order with an open return date №1041 issued in his name by the chief of staff of military unit 22316 Lieutenant Colonel R. Nasybulin in accordance with the order №41/268/9-10 given by the chief of staff of the 41st Field Army of the Central Military District on July 1, 2014, with a stunning wording "to assist border authorities of the Federal Security Service". On Sept. 4, 2014, before redeployment of the 32nd SMRB battalion tactical group's mixed battery (consisting of batteries of ACS "Acacia" and MLRS "Grad") from the Rostov region to the Ukrainian Donbas, S. Potylitsin signed a standard obligation not to disclose classified information.
The fact of Potylitsin's presence in the Donbas as member of his unit in late summer and early fall of 2014 is confirmed by a series of images and videos in his own profile. In the photos, you can see Russian soldiers in battlefield, dressed in non-regulation uniforms with white identification armbands and other indirect features specific to the militants of "Novorossia". But the most interesting and compelling evidence is the photographs of Sergeant S. Potylitsin made in the vicinity of Amvrosiivka, including the pic taken near the traffic police check point, which has been recognized by the users of Twitter.
Potylitsin's first Ukrainian mission finished at the beginning of October 2014. At the end of his summer and fall adventures in Ukraine he was awarded another medal - "For Military Valor", as indicated by a picture from his album uploaded on May 10, 2015.
In early May, after a six-month break and additional training in the Volgograd region (presumably at the site "Prudboy," where teamwork training of battalion tactical groups preparing for missions in Ukraine has been being conducted for more than a year), S. Potylitsin and his unit were redeployed to a district of Rostov region of the Russian Federation bordering with Ukraine again.
Note: in April - May 2015 InformNapalm team recorded transfer of more battalion tactical groups from the Central Military District of the Russian Federation, including the 32nd Motorized Rifle Brigade, from Novosibirsk to Millerovo.
The presence of units from the Central Military District in the grouping of the invasion forces in the Rostov region, including the 32nd SMRB, had been recorded by InformNapalm earlier, too, in September - November 2014. Search for the details by tags: