Ruslan serves at the 74th Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade, was awarded a medal for the annexation of Crimea, and was at the Ukrainian border not far from the Sumy region in summer 2014.
Russian command uses aviation for the redeployment of divisions of the 74th brigade from Novosibirsk. On April 11, Russian troops at the air base Tolmachevo boarded a transportation plane IL-76MD, which had been modified to fit as much troops as possible.
For this purpose, a second deck was added to storage compartment of the plane - it allows transporting up to 245 of fully equipped soldiers at a time.
Photos from the military airfield showing the boarding and the flight to Millerovo were uploaded to "VK" social network by Ruslan Kurshutov, army scout from Novosibirsk. However, 16 hours after the publication, Ruslan Kurshutov deleted all the compromising images from his page.
Kurshutov has served in Russian army since at least 2013, and this trip outside Russian borders is not the first for the guy. Last March, Kurshutov participated in the invasion of Crimea - there is a photo with medal for the annexation of Crimean Peninsula in his collection. In summer 2014, Kurshutov had a trip to Sudzhanskiy district of the Kursk region, 5 km from Ukraine, to a field camp disguised in a forest. At that point, his division was deployed less than 50 km away from Sumy.
And now, scout Kurshutov takes part in an air mission. Judging by photo's landmark, his division has been deployed near Ukrainian settlement Krasna Talivka not far from Luhansk.
Use of aviation for motorized infantry redeployment to Ukrainian border is a wake-up call. "Motorized infantry redeployment with the use of aviation is not a standard situation. In our classification, aviation is only used for the redeployment of air force divisions," MP Dmytro Tymchuk commented.
According to him, mechanized troops are shipped by air only if there is no other possibility to transport by land, as it is too expensive.
The Russian army command must have a valid reason to have launched such an operation. Either they practice quick troops deployment, or they urgently need hundreds of new soldiers near Luhansk.
Units of the 74th brigade were sent to Ukraine without military equipment, but there is no problem to rearm the Russian soldiers on the border. Armored vehicles and tanks might have been transported by rail earlier or even taken from storage bases in the European part of the Russian Federation, Tymchuk explained.
Upon landing in Rostov region, Ruslan Kurshutov shared some photos from a military air base in Millerovo. The latest photo in his album is dated April 15 - at that time, the units of the 74th brigade stationed in a camp near Grekovo, 14 km from the Ukrainian border.
Now the soldiers are preparing for battalion battle group breakdown, formed of different units, Tymchuk suggests. Currently, soldiers of 15 different brigades from all over Russia are concentrated on the occupied part of Donbas and along the Ukrainian border. The command's goal is to form new attack groups out of them.
"This is done in order to avoid public reaction in case of large battle losses, so that not to send several dozens of coffins into one town or village. When these coffins are spread all over Russia, it doesn't strike the eye," he explains.
According to the expert, Russia needs several weeks for organization of a battalion tactical group. "All their military operations were effective only after a large number of Russian units were redeployed from Russia and used for a mass attack. The latest example was the operation in Debaltseve," Tymchuk warned noting that the local terrorists are not able to launch successful attacks on their own.