This record is prepared in addition to already published material proving participation of units of the 5th separate tank brigade of Military Force of the Russian Federation (Ulan-Ude, military unit number 46108) in military activities in the Donbas.
- "We all knew where we were going on and what can happen";
Feb. 17. Witnesses downloaded two videos from Makiivka on YouTube, which videos recorded movement of a military equipment convoy to the north in the direction of Debaltseve.
The day before Peskov [Putin's spokesperson - ed.] said that at a meeting of the Russian Security Council, Putin discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements. It was the third day after combat activities were supposed to be halted according to the Minsk Agreement...
Makiika convoy included no less than 10 tanks (T-72B models of 1984 and 1989), four infantry fighting vehicles, one MT-LB armored personnel carrier, and motor vehicles - at least seven military trucks and four oil tankers.
Location of the first video:
Location of the second video:
It is worth of note that the military equipment from this convoy had a distinctive feature of identification markings of squares painted with white paint:
Such identification markings are used by the Avgust illegal military formation (IMF). However, unlike in the case with Avgust, the Makiivka convoy:
- had not a single fighting unit with the Avgust inscription, with names, or two-digit numbers;
- hadT-72B tanks of 1984 and 1989, whereas the Avgust tank park is much more diversified, including mostly T-64BV and T-64A;
- tanks and infantry fighting vehicles were accompanied by army tankers, which is rarely practiced by illegal military formations, which operate without interruption from their supply bases.
On Feb. 18-19 armored vehicles with white squares were actively used near Debaltseve and repeatedly got caught in the lens of cameras and camcorders.
- Photos by Maks Avdeyev:
Photos by Pierre Crom from Vuhlehirsk:
Photos by Vasyl Maksymov also from Vuhlehirsk:
Oleksandr Yermochenko, Debaltseve, Feb. 19:
From video of pro - Russian militants ( uploaded Feb. 18, 2015, filmed Feb. 14, 2015 near Debaltseve ):
From a TV-story by the Russian First Channel, Feb. 18:
New features of the military equipment with white squares revealed themselves n ear Debaltseve - there are a lot of people of Asian appearance in the crews (photos by Andrii Borodulin):
In addition, they are armed with modern Russian small arms weapons:
After Ukrainian army left Debaltseve and the city was captured, new video from the village Yunokomunarivsk near Yenakiieve was uploaded on Feb. 21. It shows the convoy of tanks (T-72B models of 1984 and 1989), infantry fighting vehicles, MT-LB armored vehicles, army trucks with the same white-square identification marks moving south:
In early March, in addition to the resonant article by Novaya Gazeta about Dorji Batomunkuyev, tankman of the 5th separate tank brigade of Military Force of the Russian Federation who stayed wounded at Donetsk Burn Center, another interesting information appeared: troopers from the 5th separate tank brigade started to post photos in social media with tanks and army trucks, tank trucks, on which contour squares covered with paint or hidden can be clearly seen in the same places as on military vehicles that were detected in Makiivka, Yunokomunarivsk, Vuhlehirsk, Debaltseve.
Sometime later many photos were deleted by the users, but they have been saved as archive pages.
"VKontakte" profile page of Viktor Vtorushyn.
Т-72B tank of 1984 with painted over square identification marking:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/mMbUp
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c622523/v622523083/1b514/03SMSvMRh2U.jpg
Photo against a tank with broken thermal barrel jacket frags, Vtorushyn in unidentified uniform:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/D2sK7
Original photo: https://pp.vk.me/c622523/v622523083/1b528/C3-Dn0rjFD8.jpg
Viktor Vtorushyn in the uniform with chevron of the 5th separate tank brigade:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/oeuSB
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c625418/v625418083/24d69/9eK6OGCyjM8.jpg
Chevrons of Tatsinskaya Krasnoznamennaya 5th separate guard tank brigade of Order of Suvorov can be easily found in the Internet:
Besides, Viktor Vtorushyn ' s profile defines Ulan - Ude as his native town, which is also a place of permanent location of the 5 th separate tank brigade:
"VKontakte" profile page of Damdin Sambayev.
Damdin Sambayev is a member of "the 5th separate tank brigade, military unit 46108 " community:
A photo of him dressed in uniform with field-type chevron of the 5 th separate tank brigade:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/JDFtv
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c621816/v621816319/12695/BoaPCsL53_k.jpg
Damdin Sambayev is a member of tank crew with side number 540:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/7EEcy
One more "VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/RpgTr
Photo against a military truck on which a part of hidden square is seen:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/9zIXd
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c621816/v621816319/12682/ucfFaoh8Sfo.jpg
Photo of the tank with painted over identification squares:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/TLyv5
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c621816/v621816319/12720/t2kGTCNaL9M.jpg
This same military equipment was detected on the Donbas in February:
"VKontakte" profile page of Мaksim Maksimov.
Photos of Tank Т-72B model of year 1984 with painted over square identification marks from that location:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/AqBCX
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c623624/v623624329/24d19/SClf8_SqZnY.jpg
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/TcvPr
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c623624/v623624329/24d20/yX1nlBsn07I.jpg
Maksim Maksimov states in his profile that he lives in Ulan-Ude and served in the 2nd tank battalion of the 5th separate tank brigade in 2012-2013:
Maksim Maksimov still serves in the same unit now, judging by new photos of a tank with painted over markings and his photos in uniform with chevron of the 5th separate tank brigade in summer 2014:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/5NKm3
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c614931/v614931750/f7dd/v15rDkEb-8Y.jpg
"VKontakte" profile page of Bairka Dondokov.
Photo against a military fuel servicing unit with hidden over white squares:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/crrtK
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c625327/v625327939/22371/V_-tX79-HwE.jpg
Such trucks were on the Donbas:
Dondokov pictured as dressed in uniform with chevron of the 5 th separate tank brigade in Ulan-Ude dated March 21, 2015:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/GsXPp
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c624531/v624531939/2492e/VrF6STOQG0s.jpg
"VKontakte" profile page of Namzhil Sangadiyev.
Photo in a military truck with hidden over identification marking:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/gxucW
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c622817/v622817442/1eb03/vYMuub1Dk48.jpg
The image geolocation defines Neklinovskiy district of the Rostov region:
Contact information lists Ulan-Ude, which is a place of permanent dislocation of the 5 th separate tank brigade:
"VKontakte" profile page of Мikhail Nelyubin.
At his home page Nelyubin stated that he had been at a vacation:
Photo of Nelyubin dressed in uniform with chevrons of the 5 th separate tank brigade:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/byssN
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c621927/v621927953/6a21/N3xR4x9Y86k.jpg
One more noticeable fact is that Mikhail Nelyubin, as well as Viktor Vtorushin took photos dressed in the uniform with unidentified markings with the tank which apart from broken thermal barrel jacket frags has another unique feature - at left (when viewed in the direction of movement), the 3rd dynamic protection box from the gun is raised up and somewhat flattened:
"VKontakte" archive page https://archive.today/kDGuG
Original photo https://pp.vk.me/c622028/v622028953/2157e/oXnc9PAROSk.jpg
In February, a tank with the same individual feature was photographed by photographers Pierre Crom, Oleksandr Yermochenko и Vasyl Maksymov near Debaltseve:
Taking into consideration all the above, there is more than enough evidence of the 5 th separate tank brigade of Military Force of the Russian Federation participation in battles for Debaltseve.