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Special operation Barynia: Ukraine's Defence Intelligence recruits Russian soldier

Saturday, 30 September 2023, 13:25
Special operation Barynia: Ukraine's Defence Intelligence recruits Russian soldier

Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence has successfully conducted the special operation Barynia, as a result of which they managed to recruit a Russian soldier.

Source: Ukrinform, citing Andrii Yusov, the representative of Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence, at a press conference with the participation of Russian military officer Danil Alfyorov

Андрій Юсов на пресконференції щодо спецоперації ГУР, фото Укрінформ
Andrii Yusov at a press conference on Ukraine's Defence Intelligence’s special operation.
Photo: Ukrinform

Details: The Special Operations Forces of Ukraine’s Armed Forces were responsible for Alfyorov’s transportation to the Ukraine-controlled territory.


The Russian said he contacted the Ukrainian side using the Hochu Zhyty (I Want To Live) project [the Ukrainian state project Hochu Zhyty was set up to help soldiers of the Russian army safely surrender to the Armed Forces of Ukraine – ed.].

The soldier convinced 11 Russian servicemen to surrender during his cooperation with Ukraine's Defence Intelligence.

Данило Алфьоров, фото Укрінформ
Danil Alfyorov.
Photo: Ukrinform


  • On 23 August a Mi-8 helicopter of the Russian Armed Forces ended up in Ukraine as a result of a long-term special operation of Ukraine's Defence Intelligence.
  • The pilot remained in Ukraine, and his family was taken there in advance. The Mі-8 stayed in Ukraine, along with the fighter jet parts.
  • After that, Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence stated that the number of Russian soldiers who want to surrender to Ukraine has increased by 70%.

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