As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced in an investigation by InformNapalm.
Since the beginning of the occupation of Crimea, a cult of the Russian soldier has been promoted introduced in Russia. But all the heroism of the "polite people" that overflows propaganda videos evaporates immediately when evidence of their war crimes and illegal stay in another country appears on the internet. Like the cockroaches scattering from the daylight, Russian soldiers suddenly feel "ashamed" of their presence in Ukraine, deleting social media accounts with photos and videos of their war crimes, the authors of the article wrote.
An example was described in the article Battle Cry of the Russian 66th Signal Brigade: "I'm Not a Coward… But I'm Scared!" Having recently returned to a deleted profile of a Russian serviceman from the Russian 66th Signal Brigade, the investigators identified another place of its deployment, namely in the building of the Economic Court in the occupied Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
"In the new OSINT investigation we introduce Ivan Skorobogatov, a serviceman of the 137th Separate Reconnaissance Battalion of the Russian Armed Forces from Naro-Fominsk (military unit 54919). Date of birth: Feb. 12, 1990, place of residence: Orenburg. Personal data were confirmed by information from a dating site where Skorobogatov hides under nick ' Enokenty.' The Travel atlas of the dating website lists Skorobogatov's presence in Ukraine on May 4, 2015," the investigation says.
"Unfortunately, Ivan quickly deleted his account on VKontake, but we'll present screenshots of its pages, as well as photographs with other militants, which we were able to save," the authors wrote.
Skorobogatov's service in the 137th Battalion is confirmed by pictures (1, 2) where he is photographed with his comrades-in-arms in Naro-Fominsk wearing a uniform with insignia of this unit.
The 137th Reconnaissance Battalion is a detachment of the 4th Kantemirovskaya Guards Tank Division.
In early 2016 this division became a part of the newly formed 1st Guards Tank Army. Previous investigations have reported deployment of units from the 4th Tank Division on the border with Ukraine ( link 1, link 2).
"In 215, Skorobogatov was staying in the Donbas. Based on the list of his contacts, we determined that he served in a "DPR" reconnaissance detachment. This information was confirmed by the photo dated oct. 14, 2015, which Ivan removed from his album, but it was also posted by his colleague-militant," the authors say.
"Skorobogatov named Shcherbakov park as his favorite place in response to a question on спрашивай.ру website. Our regular readers know that this park is in Donetsk. Trying to start a dialogue, we asked Ivan what he was doing in Ukraine. Apparently, this question prompted the "hero" to delete his account. After returning home in late 2015, Skorobogatov continued his military service in Russia. He hasn't received any medal for his military service in Ukraine, but was awarded a medal for participation in the military parade with the 4 th Guards Tank Division on the Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2016," the investigation says.
Not a big deal, but apparently Skorobogatov and his family were pleased. His girlfriend, Svetlana Yefremova, is very proud of her beloved - perhaps she does not know about his involvement in fighting in the Donbas.
"Thus, we have attempted to collect all traces left by the Russian serviceman Skorobogatov in the Donbas. Despite his attempt to destroy the evidence, our website has made them available to the public, and they will be requested for further review in regards to international war crimes of the Russian Federation. That's what he is, a "Russian cockroach" which hurry-scurry evades the flame of the facts - he's trying to hide in cracks but still remains in everyone's sight," the authors wrote.
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