Russia Sent Its Soldiers To Fight In Eastern Ukraine, ‘Selfie’ Proves

Russia Sent Its Soldiers To Fight In Eastern Ukraine, ‘Selfie’ Proves
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Western countries have accused Russia of supplying arms to separatists in eastern Ukraine and sending its own troops to fight against the Ukrainian government army. But Moscow has denied those allegations. Now Vice News has obtained a ‘selfie’ that proves that the Kremlin indeed moved its soldiers to fight in Ukraine.

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Russia moved Dambaev’s unit to Ukraine in February

Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky stood in the same spot where, he claims, a serving Russian soldier was standing on the rubble of a ruined Ukrainian checkpoint. The precise location where the selfie was taken was just eight miles west of Debaltseve. Simon Ostrovsky based his investigation on past research from project Bellingcat by the Atlantic Council and other media outlets.

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Bellingcat collected evidence from social media of the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine. Ostrovsky researched one Russian soldier called Bato Dambaev. Ostrovsky claims that Bato Dambaev’s unit on Mongolian border was sent to Ukraine earlier this year. This Russian soldier was quite active on social networks including

Ostrovsky said Bato Dambaev left a trail of “digital breadcrumbs” while going to Ukraine. One of the photos on his account was captured in Taganrog, Russia, which is about 40 miles from the Russia-Ukraine border. He appeared in the photo in a jacket with a Russian flag on the shoulder, suggesting that he was an active member of the Russian army. Another photo was geotagged to a location near the Ukrainian border.

Dambaev an active member of Russian army

In one photo taken in February and posted on Bato Dambaev’s profile, he was carrying an automatic weapon in a military uniform, but without insignia. He also had a white armband. Locals in Ukraine told Ostrovsky that the armband was how separatists identified themselves. The photo was taken in Vuhlehirsk in Ukraine, just eight miles away from Debaltseve.

It proves that he is an active member of the Russian army. The older photos on his social networking profile show him photographed in Russia. Dambaev’s profile lists his military unit and mentions his years of service as 2012-2016. But when Ostrovsky contacted him and asked how he had ended up in Ukraine, Dambaev said, “I don’t know….maybe you are mistaken.”


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  1. yes yes, that’s why they are surrounded with hundred of NATO bases and don’t have any external military bases themselves – this way Russia positioned themselves next to NATO bases and getting ready to attack!

    ctrent33 – Government Propaganda Goon.

  2. Aplexiz, no one believes Government Propaganda (aka “free western media”) since the days of Kuwait incubator babies, 100,000 dead Kosovo Albanians and Iraqi WMDs, And even until then no one with IQ above room temperature believed our “Gulf of Tonkin” media.

  3. How can Yahoo publish articles that are not only unconfirmed but represent brazen lies? Vicas is an unscrupulous and mendacious liar who writes whatever his CIA bosses tell him to. He doesn’t even know that active soldiers serving in the Russian Army have no access to civil internet and thus can not participate in any social networks. So you first learn a bit more real facts and only then set about writing your undignified opuses while Yahoo should be more accurate in choosing the materials it provides to its audience. This has nothing to do with the freedom of speech. It’s a matter of truth and lie.
    If I had no regard for truthful information I could easily have published a lot of selfies of soldiers clad in American Army uniform and call them GIs. Names are no problem to come up with.

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