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Special Group "Alpha" is a branch of the "Security Service of Ukraine; and a successor of the "Soviet Union's "Alpha Group.[1]



The "Soviet Union's "Alpha Group was created by the "KGB in 1974.[1] One of its units was established in the "Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic ("Kiev Oblast).[2] The "Kiev territorial unit of Group "A" was converted into Service "C" of the "Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in 1992.[2] Nevertheless, it has continued to be informally called "Alpha". In April 2014, in the aftermath of the "2014 Ukrainian revolution, when Ukraine's Alpha snipers were alleged to shoot at the protesters,[3][4] it was purged and reorganised,[5] and soon used by the new government against the "pro-Russian separatist forces in the "War in Donbass. Late April 2014 three officers were captured by members of the "Donbass People's Militia armed group led by "Igor Strelkov in the town of "Horlivka, after which they were beaten up and shown on Russian television;[6] the SBU spokeswoman said the separatists acted on a tip from infiltrators inside the agency.[7] The SBU Alfa defector "Alexander Khodakovsky, a former Alfa commander for "Donetsk Oblast who has deserted from Ukrainian service along with several of his men following the revolution, became the commander of the rebel "Vostok Battalion and later was given the post of security minister of the separatist "Donetsk People's Republic.[8]


  1. ^ a b David Cox (2001). Close Protection: The Politics of Guarding Russia's Rulers. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 59. "ISBN "978-0-275-96688-1. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Международная Ассоциация Ветеранов Подразделений Антитеррора "Альфа"". Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Jamie Dettmer. "Exclusive: Photographs Expose Russian-Trained Killers in Kiev". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  4. ^ Golitsina, Natalya. "Photos Link Yanukovych's Troops To Maidan Massacre". Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Separatystycznym batalionem Wostok dowodził były dowódca ukraińskiego specnazu" (in Polish). 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Video: Ukrainian intelligence officers detained by pro-Russian separatists". Telegraph. 2014-04-27. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  7. ^ Oksana Grytsenko (2014-04-28). "Separatists acted on a tip to capture SBU officers, Ukraine's security service says (VIDEO)". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  8. ^ Rothkopf, David. "All Is Not Well in Novorossiya". Retrieved 2014-07-25. 

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