20-year-old Russian occupier Daniil Frolkin left his selfies in the stolen phone, which he took in the village of Andriyivka in Kyiv oblast in March 2022. These photos helped to identify him and reveal the murder of a civilian that he may have committed.
This is stated in the investigation of “Slidstvo.Info” — the video has English subtitles.
Daniil Frolkin, a soldier of the 64th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade, was part of the Russian occupation forces that occupied Andriyivka at the end of February. They terrorized local residents, namely, kidnapped, tortured and killed the villagers. The Russians also took their cars and personal belongings.
Frolkin together with other military men took the phone from the local couple Tetiana and Leonid. The Russian soldier was using this phone for some time — in particular, he took selfies and joint photos with other military men. But before fleeing the village, he deleted all the photos and left the phone in the village. In a few weeks, the family managed to restore the deleted files and found the photos of Frolkin and other Russian occupiers.
In the course of the investigation of “Slidstvo.Info”, Daniil Frolkin’s face was recognized by Vasyl, a local resident who witnessed the murder of fellow villager Ihor Yermakov. He confirmed that it was Frolkin who shot a kneeling man in the head on March 2.
“And then I see him (Ihor Yermakov — ed.) being brought to his knees. Then a shot went off. He fell down. But at that moment I didn’t know it was Ihor who was killed,” Vasyl said. The witness remembered the killer’s face well, in particular, the tattoos on his arms and neck. Frolkin has identical tattoos. Later, soldier Frolkin visited Vasyl’s yard several more times.
Daniil Frolkin was born in a large family in the town of Rubtsovsk, a depressed hinterland of western Siberia. After finishing school, he went to college, but then he was drafted into the Russian army. In 2020, he signed a contract and began serving in the 64th Motorized Rifle Brigade, stationed in the village of Knyazye-Volkonske near the city of Khabarovsk. As part of this brigade, Frolkin invaded Kyiv oblast at the end of February.
After the occupation and crimes were committed in Andriyivka, the 64th brigade moved to Bucha, where it was distinguished by the atrocities and mass murders of peaceful Ukrainians. After retreating from Kyiv oblast, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the brigade for “mass heroism” and gave it the honorary title of “Guards”.
In June, the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine announced that Daniil Frolkin was suspected of murdering a civilian resident of Andriyivka.