Yurii Syrotiuk, deputy from "Svoboda" political party, member of the Verkhovna Rada National Security and Defence Committee wrote in his Twitter, Censor.NET reports.
According to him, soldiers of the Chechen battalion "Vostok", 7th Guards air assault mountain division, 45th separate Guards special purpose airborne regiment, 76th Guards air assault division "Pskov" are present in Crimea.
"The military forces that do not belong to the Black Sea Fleet take part in the Russian intervention to Crimea. Press service of the Ministry of Defense confirmed this. The Russians sent soldiers of the 1st mechanized battalion"East" and the 18th mechanized brigade stationed in Chechnya to Crimea. Paratroopers of the 31st airborne brigade have arrived from Ulyanovsk, soldiers of the 22nd special purpose brigade - from Krasnodar," LigaBusinessInform reports.
Journalists have also identified the "commander" of the so-called "Crimean self-defense."
According to Andrii Rybakov, this man is the Russian army officer, deputy commander of the 810th brigade, the Hero of Russia, Colonel Vladimir V. Karpushenko.
"Well, the commander of the armed men who seized the military facilities in Crimea has been recognized. Andrii Rybakov, "Art of War" magazine correspondent,... believes he identified a commander of the so-called "Crimean self-defense." According to him, it is Russian army officer, deputy commander of the 810th Brigade, the Hero of Russia, Colonel Vladimir V. Karpushenko. "In my article "Strange War" from Perevalne, I suggested that "polite people" are the soldiers of the 810th separate marine brigade stationed at Sevastopol. Apparently, I was right. In Perevalne, I managed to take some photos of commander of the so-called "Crimean self-defense" unit." He wore the same uniform as the soldiers. Shoulder straps and badges had been removed, but the Russian sign on the headdress was present. I asked at the veterans of this brigade. They told me that the man on the photo looks like the deputy commander of the 810th brigade, the Hero of Russia, Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir V. Karpushenko. There are few of his photos in the Internet. One of them was made in 2000 when Mr. Karpushenko was awarded with the Star of the Hero of Russia for military operations in Dagestan and for the Second Chechen operation. Another photo was taken much later and published on website sevastopol.su in 2013. The man on the photos looks very similar to the commander of the "polite people" pictured by me on March 3, 2014 at a checkpoint of Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalne", the journalist wrote.
Photo of 2014
Photo of 2000
Photo of 2013
On the photo, he is wearing the same uniform as the soldiers. Shoulder straps and badges are removed, but the Russian sign on the headdress is present.
As reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured on Monday that there were no Russian soldiers in Crimea.
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One of the journalists admitted that the people who block the Ukrainian military units in Crimea are wearing uniform "very similar to the Russian military one".
The journalist asked Putin straight out if the Russian military was there.
"Many uniforms look similar. They are local self-defense forces," Putin said.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday called pictures of military trucks with number plates from 21st region of Russia and video where soldiers without insignia acknowledged being Russians on the territory of Ukraine "provocation and nonsense."