With the beginning of the year, three Ukrainian soldiers were captured by militants. It was the same scenario: the men suddenly disappeared from the position, and then appeared in the plots of terrorists.
A fighter of the 79th air assault brigade Nikolay Grinenko disappeared on January 23 and within a week the Russian mercenaries posted a video with him in which he stares and scolds the Revolution of Dignity and Ukrainian authorities (most likely, a soldier reads from a prepared text).
The guy learned brethren. They believe – video appeared immediately after the disappearance because a fighter beat recognition, and everything he said on camera choreographed Kremlin propaganda.
Such a scenario Russian mercenaries playing for the first time. So, on January 18 missing soldier of the 58th mechanized brigade Stanislav Panchenko. Later it became known that he was captured. His fighters used to spread their fakes about the deplorable state of the Ukrainian army.
And on the night of 29 December in Eastern Ukraine has disappeared soldier 128 separate mountain-assault Carpathian brigade Andrew Kaczynski. After a week there was a video where he said that the Armed forces of Ukraine led him to become a deserter.
The captured Ukrainian soldier, militants conducted a tour of Donetsk, which was also removed. Wanted to prove that in the city there are no terrorists, and people live a quiet life. Fighter assured that he could freely speak the Ukrainian language and even allowed to call my mom. However, the video shows that the man is scared, he almost says nothing, only nods.
Military experts say such actions of the militants is one of the methods of hybrid war. Russian mercenaries want to demoralize Ukrainians.
There is pressure on Ukraine through military canonical methods, including information when the show Ukrainians that their defenders say that the government of Ukraine is doing everything wrong,
– said the military expert Oleg Starikov.
And yet these actions of Pro-Kremlin forces trying to influence the election campaign in Ukraine.
“This is one of the ways in which they will try to influence our choice. They may become active, risking their soldiers, to take our prisoner. They will be forced to speak on political things, which will affect the benefit of certain political candidates and to the benefit of Russia”, – said the military expert Vitaly Deynega.
The use of prisoners thus may be repeated, and further, experts say. And the closer to the presidential elections more often.