Pro-Russian militia in Ukraine are being supervised and guided by Russian army intelligence agents based in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, according to a document seen by The Times.
Ten Russian “spies and raiders” were arrested in Ukraine during the past month, the analysis of Moscow’s involvement by the Ukrainian secret service says, while telephone intercepts show orders from Russian agents directing attacks. In one assault, a Ukrainian security officer was shot dead in Slovyansk on April 13.
The document is being sent to European Union governments as further evidence that Moscow is behind the pro-Russian militia action in eastern and southern Ukraine.
One European foreign service has accepted it as a credible indicator of Moscow’s involvement. The militia who occupied administrative buildings in Donetsk were not only armed with AK-100 weapons, “a model used exclusively by the Russian army and special-ops”, but their shoes were “manufactured by Butex, the Russian enterprise that supplied Russian security agencies”, the report says.
“The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has valid proof of the Russian special-ops troops being deployed on Ukrainian territory,” it concludes.
“Officers of the main intelligence directorate of the general staff of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, based currently in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, directly co-ordinate insurgents, provide them with financial, material and technical support,” it says.
It alleges that one of the co-ordinators worked as an assistant on security issues to Sergey Aksionov, the “puppet prime minister of Crimea”.
A group that he was allegedly in contact with in the Slovyansk area “conducted a ferocious and unprovoked attack on two vehicles with civilian licence plates, killing one SBU officer and wounding three” on April 13.