Former officers of Crimean “Alpha” subdivisions are being actively converted my Russians after Crimea occupation. This was the announcement head of the Military Political Studies Center, “Informatsiynyi Sprotyv” (“Informational Resistance”) group coordinator Dmytro Tymchuk during his media briefing in Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
«According to our information, after occupation of the Crimea active process of conversion was taking place. Part of “Alpha” and “Berkut” officers defected to Russian side and are ready to work to the advantage of Russia. Groups consisting of these special forces officers were formed ad sent to Federal Security Service of Russia training center in Moscow region, where they retrained. At present these people are actively forwarded to Donbas territory», – stated Dmytro Tymchuk. Besides, head of the Military Political Studies Center added that, according to their studies, within recent years, during Yanukovych’s presidency, these were Crimean subdivisions that received the best provision with latest weaponry and special equipment. Speaking of the event in Slovyansk, Mr. Tymchuk remarked that the combat activity continues. The fact of children being taken to “Artek” children’s camp is the one causing special concern: «Today in the afternoon a group of 200 children is planned to be taken out, as though to “Artek” children’s camp. Now we are verifying the details of this “campaign”. So called local authorities of Slovyansk did not agree this issue with the anti-terrorist operation forces. We have no information of the agenda and transportation procedure. We fear that it might be a planned terrorists’ action aimed at provoking Ukrainian special forces».
Giving comments to a question of a pilotless aircraft with was shot down by the anti-terrorist operation forces yesterday, Dmytro Tymchuk once again confirmed that it was a Russian flight vehicle. «The model used by terrorists matches the aircraft model produced in Russia. Body and engine are made in Russia and electronic “filling” is produced in Taiwan. Experts are now establishing the exact purpose of the aircraft and tasks it could be performing in the battleground on the terrorists’ side. As soon as we receive the checkup results, we will release them to the public immediately», – added Mr. Tymchuk.