Many facts confirms that Alexander Sokolenko is acting serviceman and marine of the Black Sea Navy. For instance, his photo album titled "It's a job being a marine," showing images made in November and December of 2014. Sokolenko's friends list is also informative: in addition to 'novorossiya' militants, it includes his comrades from the 810th marine brigade, including traitor deserter Yuriy Oryabinskiy (see archived album).
The most significant pictures from Sokolenko's photo album, proving his belonging to the Russian Army:
1. Posing with Pecheneg machine gun, in service with the Russian army since 2001
2. Posing against BTR-82A with U index, standing for 'training'; in service with the Russian Army since 2010.
3. Weapons training
On April 23, 2015 Alexander Sokolenko uploaded an image tagged with Metalurhiv Avenue, Alchevsk, Ukraine; he is wearing an old 'flora' Russian army uniform with a red armband reading 'On duty.'
A bit later, after celebrating May 9 Victory Day, Sokolenko uploaded a 'heroic' image tagged Peremohy park, Alchevsk, Ukraine, reporting "Aviation is with us!!!"
"Recently, the focus of attention towards Russian soldiers, especially marines from the 810th marine brigade, has shifted towards reporting their presence in Syria. Alexander Sokolenko might as well travel to that hot spot. Looking forward to new images and stories from the soldier who is reporting on Russian crimes," the authors of the article note.
InformNapalm team also reminded that all data gathered through OSINT investigation concerning Russian participation in the Donbas war can be seen in joint database titled "Professional Russian army in Ukraine. Research and infographic," which is regularly updated.