"Staroverov moved to Moscow and took on a colossal effort: supply of volunteers who traveled to the Donbas as representatives of our Interbrigady [international brigades - ed.] movement.
"Staroverov, being on probation, could not go to the Donbas as he was under supervision of police, so he took the burden of coordination issues.
"The job is, in fact, enormous: collecting assistance, purchasing combat equipment, covering all this in media, arranging treatment of wounded, and helping the families of killed fighters.
"In the first year of the war, Interbrigady sent 1,500(!) volunteers to the Donbas.
"You have to realize that during the initial phase of the civil war that engulfed the Donbas, some 5,000 men were engaged in combat activities on our side.
"One has a good reason to assume that if 1,500 of our people had not arrived there on time, we wouldn't have had the "DPR" and "LPR" today," he wrote.