Do you know? Do all these soldiers miraculously also loose their cell phones?
These, and their documents, are promptly collected and stored in safe yet at Rostov base.
Why you emphasize something unimportant and rather distracting as "gallery dealer and art-manager"? I don't get your reading habits. It is about conversation with the Putin surrounding insider, who presents answers to more interesting aspects of the matter, pretty soundly threading what is happening and what expectations are. Can't get how it turns into "told him everything he knew"
Seriously, did the thousands of soldiers, tanks and other heavy machinery move through underground tunnels over the border, or why is it so hard to find satellite imagery that unambiguously, conclusively proves troop movements?
So, you didn't see no satellite images with troops moving? Or they did not impress you? Are you able in general to envision what those borders are, and surrounding situation is? Where are you lacking tunnels? There are stationary and moving troops on both sides of border. There are activities going on around all the time. There is no fence nor anything to limit moving trough forests or fields, being at some point several kilometers deep in the other country, being met there immediately by those, whom to support you came. Have you looked at the map, that separatists concentrate along the border with Russia? Putin himself explained, when caught, that his troopers "got somewhat lost" (in Ukraine by coincidence). There is desire of Russia to keep military activities as sporadic and atomic, as to prevent from stating that they are indeed involved in war. Did you know, key figures of separatists were actually Russian citizen, some removed by Russia just recently to cleanup that mess, and fled back, of course? If you still did not get, that you are observing principally new kind of hybrid war, what were you observing? You missed Crimea action, for some reason put it into tight other box? Only wait for undeniable proof now? Then mister Putin has got your balls very well, since he is acting much more dispersed, than you can imagine or notice. Or are you only playing fool, actually being one of his plot?