The Security Service of Ukraine captured within the counter terrorist operation the mortar detachment gunner, who along with other terrorists shelled residential blocks of Luhansk, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the law enforcement agency.
It is established that a citizen of Ukraine Volodymyr Smirnov was recruited to the gang of the terrorist organization called the LPR (Luhansk Peoples' Republic) by Russian citizen Nickolai Zamaraiev nicknamed Shmyga. Smirnov's Russian supervisor promised him military clothing, shelter, and 2.5 thousand hryvnia (about 200$) per month for service on the side of the terrorists. Mercenary was trained as a gunner of a mortar detachment at the training center organized by the Russian special service in Luhansk on the basis of university dormitory, where his instructors were servicemen of the Russian Federation.
Smirnov acting as mortar gunner shelled Stepnoy residential quarter of Luhansk together with four other militants using 122-mm mortar deployed in the Mirnyi neighborhood of Luhansk on July 17 according to the information acquired by the Security Service of Ukraine. The shelling wounded Ukrainian Armed Forces soldier and damaged ATO forces APC.
The Security Service of Ukraine registered criminal proceedings under part 1 of Article 258-3 (creation of a terrorist group or terrorist organization) and part 1 of Article 263 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (illegal handling of weapons, ammunition or explosives) against the insurgent.