Wearing a T-shirt with Novorossia sign on it and surrounded by three armed men from the so-called "militia", Gubarev posed on an SUV pickup with an artisanal support for the heavy machine gun Utes welded to it. In the background, a monument with a stepped pedestal is seen, its lower part is painted in blue, and the flag and the plaque on the pedestal painted in yellow or gold. The upper part is covered with gray paint, which starts to peel closer to the top on the right. This is not the most typical monument with a peculiar color, which allowed identifying the area - Zrubne, Shakhtarskyi district of the Donetsk region (47° 59′ 58.63″ N 38° 52′ 10.57″ E).
One may wonder what the Russian army has to do with it. And here, Peacemaker web project comes in handy. In November 2014, the project listed Russian Armed Forces contractor scout Sergei Nikitin, from Debesy town in Russia. Judging by his friends list, albums name ("Chechnya. The 18th Guards") and geolocations (Naur district), the man is serving in the 18th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade.
The man's name is changed, and some pictures have disappeared. However, in one of the photos removed from the page we can see him with other guys posing against the abovementioned statue of a soldier with a flag, and it is the very same monument with the same pedestal, and colors, and even the peeling paint.
One may clearly see a group of soldiers with Vintorez rifles and "Nikonov"-Nikitin second from the left in the bottom row, too. Motley camouflage, Russian Vintorez rifles, brand new SVDs... Did the 18th Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces go on a vacation to the Donbas with their own guns?