The Russian military in the Donbas are present in each battalion as trainers and volunteer fighters, says the Russian soldier Rustam, who has been fighting on the side of the militants since October 2014, Joinfo.ua informs with reference to Radio Svoboda
According to him, he did not sign any documents, and did not receive any fees. He says that the Russian troops are constantly entering the territory of the Donbas controlled by the militants and fighting on their side by turn.
25-year-old Muslim Rustam is originally from the Sabinsky district of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Russian Federation. In 2009-2010 he served in the army, and in 2011-2014 he served as contract soldier in Chechnya. With such an experience, he decided to go to war in the Donbas on the side of the local fighters.
“In an interview with Radio Svoboda, he said that he had found the contacts on the Internet and gone to the east of Ukraine back in October 2014 voluntarily, on a voluntary basis. He does not receive salary, but commanders give the guy the Russian rubles for clothes, food and rest. “But officially I was never paid,” he adds. Rustam said that he had never signed any documents about wages or service conditions. In addition, his name or surname was never included in any lists or records,” the newspaper writes.
Answering the question of why he decided to fight in a foreign land, the young man said he “came to help.”
“It’s all because of fascism. It is fascism. They have not yet destroyed followers of Hitler and Bandera. I have come to fight against them,” said Rustam.
“He is not alone in the Donbas. There are soldiers from Azerbaijan, Chechnya – they are fighting on the side of the local separatists. Although Russia has always denied its army’s presence in the east of Ukraine, Rustam,however, knows a lot about how the Kremlin supports the militants.
According to him, Russian units come for a week and then go on rotation. Each battalion of fighters always has a military instructor sent by the Kremlin, and “about 15 military volunteers from Russia.” The rest are the local people, the man says. Also, the help comes in the form of military equipment bought by the commanders for rubles regularly. According to Rustam, he does not know exactly where do they bring those cars from,” the newspaper notes.
This Russian soldier states that the Donbas is not the only territory Russia deals with.
“There is an opportunity to go to Syria through private military company of Putin. From Russia people are sent to Syria as guardsmen,” he added.