Meet the leader of Special Forces conducting operations against Russia from inside Ukraine.
A Ukraine Defense Intelligence soldier with the codename Shaman, leads a mysterious band of operatives conducting operations in Russia. Images of strikes inside Russia have surfaced on social media, including an ammo storage facility, an airfield, and what seemed to be a raid by Ukrainian Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters. Shaman refused to provide the precise sites of these covert operations. Shaman said that the only individuals who go on missions are those who volunteer. He remarked that the Ukrainian pilots are powerful, clever, and highly driven. According to the Shaman, his callsign derives from the Ukrainian soothsayers and healers who beat drums during rituals. He believes there are no gray areas in Ukraine now; only good and evil exist. “We’re using ordinary tactics of SOF [special operations forces] units. It’s a routine and right thing to do. We’re raiding their rear. We’re conducting diversions. So, there’s nothing special about it. It’s indeed complicated work to do. But we love it and we’re doing it with pleasure.”