His head was bandaged which improved his anonymity. The Russians repeatedly asked if the prisoners were shooting or not. Their treatment improved radically when cameras arrived.
Seems some Russian soldiers in Donetsk still believed they were in Rostov, Russia.
They ran out of food and water, but had enough ammo. If they had food and water, he feels they could have held Ilovaisk for months.
The Russians who shot at them after there was an agreement about a safety corridor did not know about such an agreement.