"Conducting the identification of Russian detachments involved in an undeclared war against Ukraine we were able to identify tank detachment and tank officer with nickname N from the 17th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the military base # 23132 situated in the Southern Military District (the place of permanent deployment is in the town of Shali, Chechnia )," the newspaper writes.
The acquired photos evidence and confirm the information that Russian troops were directly involved in the battles near Pervomaiskii and Stepanivka in the Donetsk region in August. Several Media, including journalist Roman Bochkala (http://uapress.info/ru/news/show/35229), has repeatedly written of battles with Russian tanks in the area of Stepanivka on summer.
This is not the first time the detachments of the 17th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade were identified in Ukraine - there were evidence of the brigade detachments' presence on the territory of Ukraine near Pervomaiskii yet in early September (https://www.facebook.com/irakli.komaxidze/posts/655372307909352).
There is also information about the losses of the 17th Brigade in Ukraine in August 2014. There are at least 4 servicemen of the given military unit in the list (https://www.facebook.com/irakli.komaxidze/posts/645730222206894).