Back in May 2014, the "resigned" (they are all either discharged or resigned ) colonel of the GRU (Main Intelligence Directory of Russia) Girkin complained that he "did not in any way expect that in the entire province of Donetsk, there wouldn't be even a thousand men ready to risk their lives…" Similar video was recorded by the Rostovite "Motorola" in February of 2015.
That is, readiness to join the ranks of volunteer corps did not change for the better over the past 10 months.
According to the scorched Buryat serviceman, who came to Ukraine on a tank, local volunteers are strange and disorganized: "They shoot a while, and then they stop. It's like going to work for them. There is no organization at all. There's no commander, no combat command, everything is a mess." Using the smoked fellow's story it was possible to establish other Russian servicemen and their journey from Russia to Ukraine, described here and here.
No less "flattering" about local command speaks volunteer Artem Nevyantsev from Yekaterinburg. His text has been actively reposted by his friends-volunteers; that is, he is far from being original in his conclusions. By the way, according to him, Motorola does not actually fight but only makes movies.
The low level of battle readiness of the local ne'er-do-wells was likewise noted by the Russian Mikhail Ilyin, earlier mentioned on pages of the given journal, who characterized them with the words "sh*t, druggies, and drunks."
Therefore, instead of local miners and tractor drivers, the main battle assignments are carried out by Russian servicemen and "organized volunteers." One can read about the particularities of such operations in an interview to the Internet publication "Spectr" by a Russian spetsnaz (special mission unit) fighter. According to him, after shelling Ukrainians with Grad missiles, "we just go there, finish off unfinished ones and hold the position until volunteers arrive. They come on KamAZes (armored vehicles), and we change places. They take up the defense, and that's it. It looks like they did everything, and as though the Russian spetsnaz were never even there."
Upon arrival to the Donbas, they use all the benefits of local civilization.
A mercenary from Yelizavetino (the Leningrad region) Ruslan Pseush reminds us with his photos that a fair number of relatively well-off people used to live in the Donbas. Now, instead of them, uninvited guests from the neighboring country live there.
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They drag away all sorts of bric-a-brac with them, be it a souvenir sword ( for 900 hryvnias )…
vk… or a rubber penis.
Although it's possible that the latter two objects the occupier brought with him.
As already mentioned, they prefer off-road cars.
Mikhail Agafonov comes from the town of Yeglets. The image shows Stary mlyn café outside Donetsk.
vk He found a thousand dollars somewhere. True joy is on his face.
A Sverdlov, Russia photographer and mercenary Mikhail Laptev provided Russian medium E1.ru with an interesting photoreport about living conditions of a militant group near Luhansk. The house used to belong to a local prosecutor until he was murdered. The empty property was taken over by the terrorists, and 35-40 of them lived there.
Igor Miharev from Volgograd lives in no worse conditions. It's unlikely that this house belongs to him…
…or to these lovely people.
The militants are highly spiritual and orthodox people. The only group to which Miharev belongs symbolizes, in a way, pure values of the "Russian world." [The caption in yellow in the line 'Groups' reads 'sex online, porn, anal, movies, incest'- ed.]
Andrei Kapral from Rostov-on-Don is drinking beer in a room that resembles a bathroom. He has changed his job but kept his habits.
The faces of the militants express enlightenment and readiness to fight for spiritual values.
A carwash worker Arsenii Pavlov is leaving Rostov for success. He changes " stolen cars like gloves " and lives in a two-bedroom apartment in the downtown of Donetsk.
Rossiya-1 TV channel says that Arsenii allegedly rents this apartment for 2,000 hryvnias a month ($83). But there is another version.
Dialog.ua website published a " letter from a female mercenary " stating that Arsenii moved into the apartment while its owners are in Israel.
Vitaliy Salyarov from Monchegorsk belongs to the Sparta squadron under the command of Motorola. The photos were made in a military school of the Donetsk National Technical University.
And this is Kolya Karlyuk from Moscow.
In his spare time he likes to do gardening.
Sanya Ermolov from Petrozavodsk. A kind of Sharikov in military uniform.
He's demonstrating endless love to the brotherly nation.
Many of the Russian "volunteers" are sure that by killing Ukrainian citizens they fight with the faraway America. Thus, they think it fashionable to:
…stomp on a U.S. flag,
…aim their guns at the Statue of Liberty (Obama is in shock!)
V Kontakte, Lev Ermolayev, Sverdlovsk province.
…flip a "f*ck" to McDonalds,
VK, Magomedhabib Gadzhyev, Stavropol
…and certainly to insult over a Ukrainian flag.
Sometimes the Russians try to blend in with the locals, but they don't pull it off very well. And the reason is not even the Buryats, or the Russian accent they speak with.
Here is, for example, a T-72B tank going to fight "for GorlUvka" (the correct spelling is Gorlovka (Rus) or Gorlivka (Ukr)). A screenshot from a video shot in Kamensk-Shahtinskoye, the Rostov region.
The very same tank noticed in Donbas.
Meanwhile, this armored vehicle is fighting for some "AntAtsyt", not for AntRAtsyt from the Luhansk province. "An F again."
At home, in Russia, sunny skies await them. A disabled person's pension in the RF in 2015 is somewhere between 4053.75 t о 9538.20 rubles (approx.$50-110 per month), compensation for the loss of a breadwinner is a little higher. They are not due any other government aid, although there are some one-time initiatives from Communist MPs.
They might receive a medal…
...and a t-shirt.
They don't receive the anticipated salary, as known (see the report of the Dozhd channel, " the credit volunteers.") Business on trafficking humanitarian aid, people, weapons, and stolen cars has been successful only for a few select individuals.
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The aforementioned Mikhail Laptev lost his leg during his stay in the Donbas, thus earning a few thousand rubles monthly for his wife and daughter.
Mikhail Zelensky from Bashkortostan fought with Zaria battalion in the Luhansk region.
Now he's raising money for a hip replacement surgery (excerpt from the story of the illness - pages 1, 2 ).
Together with his brothers in arms.
And this video shows a former militant begging for donations for a prosthesis in the Moscow metro.
Some were luckier.
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