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 Career soldiers from Russian 74th Brigade fight in Donbas under guise of "LPR" detachment. PHOTOS

Another OSINT investigation has discovered new information regarding the ‘Rostov-Ukraine assignment’ of the 74th separate motorized rifle brigade (military unit No. 21005, Central Military District, Yurga, Kemerov Oblast, Russia) in the summer and fall of 2014. There are also proofs that certain servicemen of this unit are still in the occupied territory of Donbas and serve in the ranks of the illegal armed formations of so-called ‘Novorossia’.

Censor.NET reports citing InformNapalm.

Conducting the in-depth analysis of the information found in VKontakte's 'Unit 21005, Kemerov Oblast, Yurga' group, the investigators have found a set of topics with the correspondence between the relatives and close people of the 74th brigade's servicemen. All those conversations concerned the events during the 'southern assignment' of the unit in the summer and fall of 2014. The 'Who knows anything about our guys in Rostov? Calm me down. No news for 4 days' (archive) topic is worth sharing. Between Aug. 30 and Oct. 2, the readers of this topic discussed the details of Yurga's brigade's participation in the combat actions in Donbas, including fights for the Luhansk airport. Here are several quotations (provided also as screenshots):

Svetlana Kovalenko: "the things are bad there! my friend's husband called today and said they tried to capture the airport yesterday! they were shelled and he was laying wounded in a hospital. He said there are many wounded"

September 2, 2014

Chayana Mongush: "There are wounded indeed, but no information about killed"

September 2, 2014

Chayana Mongush: "Nobody from Yurga's unit was killed, this is for sure. It's morning there, they are sleeping, commanders store the mobiles. They will call when get the phones back."
September 3, 2014

Ksenia Ushkalova: "Hooray! Husband has called! He said he was on war. They plan to come back by the end of September"
September 3, 2014

Tatyana Remer: "Do they know if there will be a new transfer of our guys to Ukraine?"
September 3, 2014

Svetlana Kovalenko answered Tatyana Remer: "It seems that no, Tatyana, we won!"
September 3, 2014

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Another topic, named 'Here is how our heroes live )))' (archive), contains a photo with comments. Taking into account the informal outfit and the white identification arm badges, the photo shows one of the raids to the Ukrainian Donbas made by the 74th brigade from Rostov Oblast. You can see the masked military equipment in the background.

Note: some pages of the conversation participants have been removed. Their too loose tongues and the corresponding reaction of the authorities may be the reason for that. Or maybe the women 'whose men won' never met their husbands again.

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The 74th motorized rifle brigade has been already mentioned in our early investigations. The photos of the Yurga's brigade's servicemen were published in the materials gathered in November, 2014. The pictures were made in the field camps near the Ukrainian border, which were used as bases for the raids to Donbas. Also the copies of the "non disclosure agreements about the restricted information regarding the execution of the special tasks related to the Russian Federation's security" were provided. There were also photos of the 74th brigade's T-72 tank burnt in Donbas.
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According to journalists' observations, the Russian command used a different tactic of their troops usage in Donbas in the last 6 months. In the period of the Minsk agreements' terms the Russians gave up using classic (battalion or company) tactical groups, since such large units can not stay unnoticed (especially since two Russian-terrorist army corps were created as illegal armed formations of new type). Now the Russian contract servicemen man by man or in small groups are assigned to different 'Novorossia' units as instructors or specialists. The following servicemen have been noticed withing such 'instructors':

Now the 74th separate motorized rifle brigade, which serviceman now serves in the 3rd 'Huligan' [Hooligan] battalion of the so-called 'LPR' of 'Novorossia', can be also added here. In result of the studying and analysis of the social profiles of 'DPR/LPR's militants, the InformNapalm investigators found VK profile of Ilya Sekerin (archive, photo album archive, contacts archive) from Omsk, aged 23. According to the photos, after finishing the involuntary service and working a little bit in a security company, Sekerin signed a contract (intended for 3 years) with the 74th brigade in 2013. As the result of the summer assignment to Donbas he was awarded with a medal 'For Military Valor' of the 2nd class according to the order No. 841 from December 23, 2014, signed by Russia's Minister of Defense and by colonel A. Boldyrev, the commander of military unit No. 21005. I. Sekerin apparently was not satisfied with the 2nd class medal and went for another assignment a year later, in August of 2015, chasing the 1st class one. Now he fights in the ranks of the 3rd battalion of 'LPR'.

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There are a lot of colleagues from the 'Huligan' battalion among Sekerin's friends. And these can also be Russian contract servicemen: Sergei Kosyakov, Aleksandr Olegovich Kamenev, Leha Ivanov, Ilya Pikalov, Aleksei Izvarin, Timofei Kravchenko, and another participant of the summer-fall campaign in Donbas and the owner of the same medal Aleksei Pyrin.

As mentioned before, the 74th brigade has already been described in our materials in the context of the 'Rostov-Ukraine assignments':

 
 
 
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