According to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), deserters from the LPR told their employees that "in the illegal paramilitary formations there are many people, who want to lay down their arms and go to the territory controlled by Ukraine and are looking for a way to do it." Two militants of the so-called LPR, who fled from their leaders to seek protection from the Ukrainian law enforcement officers, told about it to the Security Service of Ukraine. These "deserters" surrendered to the Ukrainian military at the checkpoint near the city of Zolote of the Luhansk Oblast, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the press center of the SBU.
During the test, the SBU operatives found out that the two men, as well as many other militants of the so-called "Army of the South East", had criminal records. 26-year-old resident of the city of Bryanka had served a sentence for theft twice. 40-year-old resident of Sverdlovsk, the Luhansk Oblast, had served 11 year sentence for willful murder.
The oldest of the militants admitted that he was trained by Russian instructors in Yeysk (Russia). The regular officers of the Russian army taught them to handle complex military equipment. After 10 days he was entitled an operator-commander of the Strela-10M anti-missile system. Such anti-aircraft complexes were sent to terrorists from Russia.
He also spoke about the facts of beatings and humiliation by the leaders of the illegal formations. As a punishment for some fault, "drunken soldiers and officers" were beating him a day and a half, and then he was kept in an iron cage.
For those, who have not yet decided to leave the ranks of the insurgents, the SBU recalls that according to Article 258-3 of the Criminal Code, a person who voluntarily informs the police about the relevant terrorist activities, contributes to its termination or detection of the crime, shall be exempt from criminal liability if this person is not accused of other criminal offense.