Among the leadership of the Russian army are servicemen with Ukrainian roots. Under their command, they attack Ukrainian civilian cities, seize Ukrainian villages, and kill Ukrainian citizens. Slidstvo.Info has found three Russian generals from Ukraine and learned about their families, their wealth, and how their children live. 

The findings were presented in a Slidstvo.Info report. The video has English subtitles.


Lieutenant General Volodymyr Mashevskyi was born in Dymer, Kyiv Oblast. In the very Dymer, which in February 2022 came under Russian occupation, where residents were held captive, tortured, and killed.

Volodymyr Mashevskyi

Mashevskyi, a native of Dymer, was on the other side in this war. According to Ukrainian law enforcement officials, it was he who, at the beginning of the full-scale invasion, ordered Russian troops to “break through” the state border of Ukraine and storm the towns and villages of Kyiv Oblast.

In particular, under Mashevskyi’s leadership, the Russians seized the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. At that time, the plant’s staff and the military guarding the facility were taken prisoner. Under his command, the north of Kyiv Oblast was captured: his native Dymer, Zdvyzhivka, Borodyanka, Katyuzhanka, Hostomel, and Bucha.

Volodymyr Mashevskyi is 54 years old, and previously organized the protection of Rosatom facilities, state-owned enterprises working for the Russian military-industrial complex, hallowed Russian barracks, and awarded Russian athletes.

In 2014 and 2015, Mashevskyi periodically flew to Rostov, the closest Russian airport to the Ukrainian border. These were the years of the most active hostilities in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, when allegedly only “militias” fought on the side of the so-called “LPR” and “DPR”, not regular Russian troops.

After the start of the full-scale invasion, Mashevskyi began to occupy not only his native lands, but also to be responsible for the seizure of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities. In April 2023, he met with Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Kaliningrad. The two discussed the safety of the Zaporizhzhya NPP occupied by Russian troops.

The general has a son, Roman, a fashion photographer in Moscow. He works with Russian fashion magazines, bookmakers, and airlines.

Roman also travels a lot: during the full-scale invasion alone, he flew to France, Iceland, and Japan.

It is thanks to his son that the older Mashevskyi has not only portrait photos from Russian barracks, but also photos from a photo walk in the town of Dombai in the North Caucasus.


Colonel Ihor Svarkovskyi is another serviceman, who hails from Ukraine.

He heads the Coastal Troops Department of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. That is, Svarkovskyi’s area of responsibility includes the offensive in the south of Ukraine and the constant attacks on Odesa, Mykolaiv, and Kherson.

Ihor Svarkovskyi

In 2014, Svarkovskyi flew between Rostov-on-Don and Simferopol. That was when Crimea was annexed. In 2019, he was in charge of the Victory Day parade in Simferopol on the occupied peninsula. The following year, he received an income of 2 million rubles ($27,655) from the Black Sea Fleet Administration.

In 2024, soldiers of the 126th Separate Coastal Defense Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, which reports to Svarkovskyi, brutally murdered a man in the temporarily occupied Kherson Oblast.

“The suspects severely beat a 64-year-old man in the yard. The victim tried to escape by hiding in a house. However, the attackers followed him and shot him with automatic weapons,” the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office said in the indictment.

But it is not only war crimes and the occupation of Crimea that link Svarkovskyi to Ukraine. The colonel himself was born in Poltava Oblast, where he graduated from high school in Pyriatyn. Then he studied at the Sumy Artillery School and later moved to Russia.

He pursued a military career there and married a Ukrainian woman, Lina Svarkovska. She lives in occupied Crimea and appears to support the annexation of the peninsula.

The Svarkovskyis have a lot of photos on social media, from vacations, dances, and their daughter’s graduation.

Svarkovskyi’s daughter studied in Kyiv at the Kyiv University of Trade and Economics until 2016. She traveled around Ukraine, and during the annexation of Crimea, she posted a patriotic yellow and blue picture in support of Ukraine.

In 2016, she posted a photo with her mother in Kyiv and later moved to Germany.


The fact that his own children live in Ukraine did not stop another Russian army general, Vadym Klymenko.

Vadym Klymenko

He comes from the village of Prosiana, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

Klymenko has already fought in Chechnya and Georgia. According to OSINT experts, he was a member of the Black Sea Fleet Marines, after which he served in the 40th Separate Marine Brigade in Kamchatka. 

In 2014-2015, Klymenko flew between Kamchatka, Moscow, and the occupied Crimea.

In 2020, he declared 1.5 million rubles ($20,741) in income.


After the full-scale invasion, Klymenko began to lead the 7th military base of the Russian Armed Forces in Gudauta, in occupied Abkhazia. This is the military unit No. 09332, which in 2022 was based in the occupied town of Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhya Oblast. A captured major from this military unit in August 2022 confirmed that he had received orders from then-Colonel Vadym Klymenko.

In March 2022, in occupied Enerhodar, where Klymenko’s military unit was based, Russians seized the Zaporizhzhya NPP. They are holding workers hostage, have created an emergency situation at the plant, and are blackmailing the world with another nuclear disaster.

In 2023, Putin promoted Klymenko to the rank of general for his military services.  

In Ukraine, Klymenko has an ex-wife and two minor children. They live in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, suffer from attacks by their own father, and support Ukraine.

It is very telling that Russian traitorous generals born in Ukraine later returned to their native lands with a war. Sometimes even to kill their own relatives and friends. Even the fact that their children live in Ukraine does not stop Russian generals.

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