Source: Radio Liberty May 24, 2019
The majority of people who criticize Ruslan Khomchak’s appointment as Chief of the General Staff refer to the investigation, published by Rostyslav Shaposhnikov, the Road Control journalist, in 2014. He was part of the film crew first in Ilovaisk and later disentangling in the Dnepr-1 battalion Commander Yury Bereza’s car. According to Shaposhnikov, Khomchak led his soldiers to the slaughter while he himself fled from the battlefield. He also confirms that it was Khomchak’s actions that led to the entrapment. He sets the 40th territorial defense battalion’s testimony as an example.
Rostyslav Shaposhnikov: “Despite being in a critical situation, Ruslan Khomchak rushed forward.”
“There was a report to Ruslan Khomchak, including the one from the 40th battalion, that the Russian army had entered Ukraine. We were being entrapped. Ruslan Khomchak claimed the information to be not confirmed. What I mean is that Ruslan Khomchak rushed forward despite the critical situation and waited until August 29 when disentangling was not possible anymore. We were in the complete entrapment,” Rostyslav Shaposhnikov said in one of his video messages.
Now, Shaposhnikov lives in the USA. He says he was persecuted after his investigations in Ukraine.