There are many Russian citizens and criminals among the "DNR" militants, whom the occupation authorities awarded for participation in military operations against the ATO forces. This follows from the record of creator of the terrorist Vostok Battalion Alexander Khodakovsky in social networks.
"I had the honor to shake hands and congratulate the militiamen on the rewards given to them by the state (the terrorist "DNR" – OstroV) for their work. It is especially pleasant that the state did not ignore them in the light of the fact that they are "nonstandard" men, - that is, legless, fingerless, were tried, with Russian passports…. These are real", - the betrayer of the nation, the former commander of the Donetsk "Alpha" of the SBU wrote.
As previously reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin traditionally denied Russia's participation in conflict in the east of Ukraine. According to him, "former miners and tractor drivers are at war with the AFU".