For the first time Russian mercenaries were seen in 1991 during the armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Armed units of both Armenians and Azerbaijanis fought wars without the introduction of any strategy, it happened messy and even more impulsively. Support for another coming of Azerbaijanis from the air came as a complete surprise to everyone, because before this happened. Our homeland denied rumors that the villages of Nagorno-Karabakh bombard its planes. And it was true, planes really were Azerbaijanis, but ruled them Russian pilots. November 25, 1991 in the skies over Stepanakert Armenian air defense forces shot down one of the planes. The pilot managed to eject, but the land was seized by the Armenian army. Pilot was last Soviet Air Force Lieutenant Yuri Bilichenko. In his own interview with television reporters on the issue as he was behind the wheel of a combat aircraft of another country, he said, followed by: "I was offered again to return to the office, but in the Russian Army, but I refused because I had no desire to trivial vorachivatsya brothel, which Express Yourself in the armed forces. And then I promised to wage a 5 thousand dollars and an apartment in any Russian town. I agreed. "
Notwithstanding the fact that last officer went to make war for resources, it can be realized. In 1991, the Aviation Regiment, which stationed near Baku and in which he served Bilichenko, just broke up and a military officer was not destiny. Looking for work did not bring a good result, but here is a suggestion — canceled wages and the work he is able to do: to fly and shoot. Of course, now we can blame the officer, but you can understand. About the fate of the upcoming mercenary Bilichenko clear just what the Armenians released him and he was able to return to their homeland.
In the middle of the 90s in Europe had plenty of hot spots where needed were experienced soldiers and mercenaries roamed from one war to another. Nearly ended the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh broke out plainclothes war in the former Yugoslavia. Which began in 1992 massacre, as no matter how plain clothes war, wore a fierce temper. In Bosnia pulled mercenaries and volunteers, the Mujahideen of the Arab — on the side of the Serbs, Muslims, Orthodox Serbs on the side — the representatives of the republics of the former USSR. How many mercenaries were killed and many were missing, and it is not clear to this day, it is not clear, and the full amount. Usually, almost always without the help of other mercenaries traveled to Yugoslavia and already there have found those who needed their services. With the end of the war in the area of the former Yugoslavia, the mercenaries are not left without a job, because by that time had flared armed confrontation in the North Caucasus — Chechnya.
Still hot streets of Crucible after New Year's assault, but among the officers and soldiers of the Russian army began to spread the information that they are waging a war against specially prepared Ukrainian nationalist army units UNA-UNSO.
The role of Ukrainian volunteers, as they called themselves, the war in Chechnya was made possible thanks to an agreement between the management of Latent nationalists and Johar Dudayev. "We agreed with Dudayev participation of Ukrainian volunteers in the Chechen war, and later the agreement was implemented", — says Dmitry Korchinskiy, managing UNA-UNSO from 1991 to 1997.
Militants UNA-UNSO — ardent nationalists, his main opponent they believed Russia and revenge for all past and current offenses. But Ukrainians are not the only mercenaries who fought the war on the side of Chechen militants. Role in the war perceived as representatives of Arab States, the Baltic States, Azerbaijan and many other countries of the far abroad. It should be noted that the mercenaries became not only the men, and the ladies who usually were snipers on their conscience and not one dead Russian officer or soldier. Among themselves in the Russian army of ladies called "black kerchiefs," they hated and feared. One such example is a native of Poltava Lena, who in his 27 years on the blood of a fighter decided to earn money. During his military campaign had destroyed 20 Russian soldiers and was caught when cynically traded on the radio for the amount of compensation.
By the end of the 90s the situation in the post-Soviet space has stabilized somewhat. Finished second Chechen campaign, and the North Caucasus peace came. In Europe, pockets of civilian war were extinguished, and the mercenaries virtually jobless. Usually, the upcoming fate of those who went to battle under false flags, anything is unclear, but clearly different: many have not returned home with a "profitable" voyages that, in general, and it is logical, because the death of a mercenary is just only one Fri of the contract, where is it said that life is not guaranteed.