On May 8, the commander of a special forces company of the Kherson police, Mykola Salamakha, met with Russian security forces and voluntarily surrendered a disguised weapons depot.
After a search of the cache, 80 boxes of ammunition, 40 boxes of grenades, and 50 small arms were found, RIA Novosti reports.
According to Solomakha, the Kyiv authorities were preparing him for the role of commander of a sabotage unit, which was supposed to work on the territory of the Kherson region. To refuse this role and surrender weapons to the Russian troops, he was prompted by the veneration of the memory of his ancestors who participated in the Great Patriotic War.
Solomakha also shared the names of the employees who were supposed to monitor the warehouse and protect it – they were Gennady Ivanenko, Andrey Gladky and Yuriy Turchenko. In addition, thanks to him, Russian troops learned about the identity of two Ukrainian intelligence liaisons, Artem Redchem and Vitaliy Chaika.
On April 23, Izvestia correspondent Kirill Olkov showed how residents of areas liberated from Ukrainian militants voluntarily surrender unregistered weapons. Local residents immediately made contact with the Russian military and, as a sign of their peaceful intentions, offered them to hand over the weapons that were stored without registration.
In Ukraine and in the Donbass, the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect the population of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics continues, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. Moscow explained that its tasks include the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. On April 19, the Russian side announced the start of the next stage of the military operation – “the complete liberation of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics.”
The situation in the region escalated significantly in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to Russia and turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, the President of the Russian Federation signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.
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