Ukrainian special services have kidnapped Vladimir Tsemakh, the former chief of the Air Defense of the Slavic Brigade, from the village of Snejnoe in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
According to reprots, Ukrainian special services captured Tsemakh on June 27 and then moved him to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on June 28. On June 29, Shevchenkovsky district court of Kiev arrested Tesemakh for two months.
There are little details regarding the operation itself and how Ukrainian special services moved the person thourgh the contact line between the Ukrianian Army and DPR forces.
Ukrainian and pro-Ukrainian media outlets immidiately started speculating that the operation may be linked to the MH17 tragedy because the Slavic Brigade was deployed near the incident site, in Snejnoe. Nonetheless, this version ignores the fact that, according to DPR sources, Tsemah became the chief of the brigade’s air defense in October 2014. The MH17 tragedy happened in July 2014.
The case of Tsemah is another demonstration of the existing security issues within areas controlled by the Donetsk and Luganks People’s Republics. Ukrainian special services freely operate within these areas, carry out terrorist attacks, kidnappings and assasinate DPR commanders. Local sources name the high level of corruption within DPR and LPR structures as one of the main reasons of the existing security gaps. Another factor is the low motivation of DPR and LPR personnel, especially in comparison with the period of 2014-2015. Then popular and inspiring idea of “Russian World” was intentionally abandoned.
At the same time, there are no indications that DPR and LPR special services have a similar freedom of operations in the area controlled by the Ukrainian Army. As to Russia, it seems to be unable or unwilling to react symmetrically to agressive actions of the Ukrainian side in the DPR and LPR.