Separatist leader's bodyguard surrenders to Ukrainian Border Service

The Russian citizen, who had worked as a guard for the leader of the so-called DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), surrendered to the employees of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine on the night of July 12, the National Police Department press service in the Donetsk region reported.

The 29-year-old Russian, registered in South Ossetia, was a member of the armed group Vostok from August 2014 to May 2016. He was on service in Yasynuvata and was on duty at the checkpoint in the Luhansk region.

He had fought in the so-called Republican Guard from May 2015 to March 2016, took part in hostilities outside the village of Shyrokyne and worked in Zakharchenko’s personal security service. From March to April 2016, he was a member of the Patriot battalion.

According to the detainee, on July 9 he was assaulted by employees of DPR police in Donetsk. After that, he took his Kalashnikov automatic rifle and shot two so-called police officers dead in retaliation. Then he ran away from Donetsk, where he had been living recently. The Russian citizen came to surrender at the Marinka entry/exit checkpoint and was taken to the Marinka police department.

The case will be investigated under part 2 Article 260 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (creation of illegal paramilitary or armed groups).

  Ukraine, DPR, Zakharchenko, Donbas, Donetsk