Contents tagged with Strelkov

  • Girkin considers extradition and indictment in MH17 case possible in light of new phone call evidence

    Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, former “defense minister” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), has admitted that the investigators of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 catastrophe have intercepted a phone call from 2014 between him and then “prime minister” of the DPR Alexander Borodai. Girkin published his reaction to the recording on VKontakte, a Russian social network.

    The Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) report mentions an intercepted phone call from August 13, 2014, in which …

  • Financial problems force former DPR commander Girkin to sell gold medal for Crimean operation

    Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, the former ringleader of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) militants, will be auctioning the gold medal he was awarded for his role in the occupation of Crimea.

    According to Novaya Gazeta, the auction will be held on 13 April on a Russian website. Girkin hopes to fetch at least 1 million rubles ($15,000) for his 79 gram, 18 karat medal.

    “Yes, it is my medal, a non-state [medal]. It was awarded to me by [Konstantin] Malofeev in the spring of 2014, before the start of …

  • Strelkov confirms authenticity of the Ukrainian Security Service recording discussing Zakharchenko’s assassination

    The former Defense Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Igor “Strelkov” Girkin stated on his VKontakte post that the audio recording published by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) was authentic. The recording captured an assistant to Denis Pushilin discussing the assasination of then DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko with unknown people.

    Pushilin was chosen to succeed Zakharchenko a week after the latter was assassinated on August 31.

    “I have just received confirmation …

  • Former DPR leader Girkin: Russian ruling elite decided to freeze the conflict in Donbas to protect themselves from sanctions

    In an interview with RusDay news outlet, former separatist commander Igor Strelkov (Girkin) stated that the Russian ruling elite, which initiated the annexation of the Crimea and have considered creating Novorossia (separatist republics in the Donbas) decided to freeze the military operations in the Donbas because of the personal sanctions imposed by the US and the West.

    He believes that those in Moscow who made decisions regarding the Crimea and the Donbas did not take into account the …

  • Girkin: Russia driving new parties of 'cannon fodder' into Syria

    Militants from the unrecognized Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR & LPR) are leaving en masse as “volunteers” to the war in Syria, where they will serve as cannon fodder, former DPR Defense Minister Igor Girkin (Strelkov) wrote on his VKontakte page.

    “Molkino (a military base where the private military companies involved in combat operations in Syria are trained) is packed with former ‘corps’ fighters and other formations from the ‘separate regions’, who have retired for various …

  • Girkin claims that Le Pen visited separatist financier Malofeev

    Former pro-Russian separatist commander Igor Girkin, also known as Strelkov, wrote on his page in Vkontakte social network regarding French Presidential Candidate Marine Le Pen. He claimed that in 2013, Le Pen visited the office of businessman Konstantin Malofeev, who became known in 2014 in connection with the war in the Donbas.

    "They ask about my attitude towards Marine Le Pen, her chances of winning, etc. What to say? I saw her once, when she visited Malofeev's office in 2013. But I did not …

  • Girkin: 'A regular army' is fighting against Ukraine in Donbas

    The former ‘Defense Minister of the DPR,’ Igor Girkin (Strelkov), said that those fighting for the ‘Republics’ of the Donbas against Ukraine is not a ‘militia,’ but a ‘regular army,’ as said in an interview with ROY TV, a short excerpt of which was uploaded to YouTube.

    "There are no ‘militia’ there ... They are contract soldiers, who, for 15,000 rubles (or $254 USD), which is very good money there, will shoot their own people if necessary. There are these types of people in a number of units .. …

  • Strelkov: Without Russia’s support separatist armies would be destroyed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces

    In his interview to Moskovsky Komsomolets daily, former leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Igor Strelkov (aka Igor Girkin) spoke of the balance of forces between the armies of the s-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics and the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    When asked about the personnel composition of armies of the DPR and LPR, he answered that the main part of the personnel are now contracted servicemen.

    “Main part of the armies of the LPR and DPR are contractors. They are …

  • Strelkov: The Kremlin found a way to conceal military losses in Syria

    The former Minister of Defense of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Igor Strelkov (aka Igor Girkin), while commenting on a post by a LiveJournal blogger in which the blogger expressed surprise of non-existent losses of Russian military in Syria, pointed out the usage of mobile cremation chambers by the Russian military.

    “There is nothing to be surprised of [the lack of the statistics on losses in Syria]. Most of the auxiliary operations in Syria are carried out not by regular …

  • Separatists stated that two thousand Russians are kept in Donetsk detention facility

    A Russian writer, who supports the activity of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, Natalya Makeeva, stated that about 2,000 Russians are being held in a Donetsk detention facility. It is reported that they came to the Donbas in 2014 to join the illegally armed groups. According to Makeeva, she deals with issues related to prisoners of war in separatist-controlled areas and the territory controlled by Ukrainian Government.

    Natalya Makeeva claims that the detained Russians came to the …