Donetsk, Apr 18 – DAN. The commander of Ukrainian 36th marine brigade has been found dead in Mariupol, his documents and firearms have been discovered, DPR Defence's deputy chief of staff Eduard Basurin said.

""In the night of April 11-12, a group of servicemen of the 36th brigade of the Ukrainian marines, tried to break through and escape the premises of the Ilyicha factory in Mariupol. The DPR special task force curbed the attempt. The body of the brigade commander Vladimir Anatolievich Baranyuk was found at the site where fighting erupted," Basurin said.

Up to 50 Ukrainian troops have been liquidated in the operation, five of them were senior officers; 42 service members surrendered to the DPR and survived. The next day, another 1,026 marines followed the case and laid down their arms and surrendered the Ilyicha factory.

Baranyuk was designated as a war criminal in the DPR as he was in charge of marine units deployed to Donbass for years The 36th brigade is the one responsible for countless attacks on DPR townships, such as the June 26, 2016 incident that left two children killed. *ot