First of all, there are attempts to discredit this video by saying it was staged by Russian propagandists. This is the line of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and it’s demonstrably false because we have already identified the Ukrainian forces involved in this crime (see below) and we have also identified at least one of the victims, an Azerbaijani who is absolutely a member of the Russian army.
A new fake has come up in the form of a forgery of a document from the Russian Defense Ministry saying it is necessary to produce videos of Ukrainians torturing and killing Russian POW’s as part of an information war.
A few problems.
Everything about this document is wrong from the letterhead to the signatures, all the way down. The grammar and phrasing is wrong and there are misspellings of Russian words in this official document! Also this document first appeared a year ago!
It was probably produced by Ukrainian intelligence SBU. They’re always making fakes and forgeries like this.
Leaked document from Russia with order to film propaganda videos in order to discredit the attitude of Ukrainian forces to POWs pic.twitter.com/OofICo21QQ
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) March 28, 2022
Pretty bad stuff. They abuse the prisoners and then they shoot them in the legs and genitals. Some of the Russians appear to be in shock and near death. Others are lying on the ground bleeding from their legs. Suffice to say that if these men don’t get medical care, and they won’t, they’re all going to die.
Azov Battalion combined with the 92nd Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Army captured a group of Russian soldiers in Malaya Rogan, 3 miles south of Kharkiv March 25. They claim to have killed taken 30 prisoner in this attack in which they retook the village. The killing of the POW’s took place at a dairy on the western outskirts of this on either March 25 or 26. Members of the Kharkiv territorial defense may have also been present.
That footage is combined with footage of the Azov Battalion raiding Olkovka with the Kraken Battalion of the Ukrainian military. It was said that this took place in Olkovka, but that could not be located on a map. Apparently that is the Russian name for the village. The Ukrainian name is Vil’kivka. It is just a bit to the east of Kharkiv.
In this footage, Russian soldiers are stripped and badly beaten from behind. A number of them are bleeding. They are then made to kneel over a freshly dug trench and say pro-Ukrainian phrases. The implication is that they will be killed. This footage was found on the Telegram site of an Azov Battalion member. It combines the footage at the dairy farm with the footage of the stripped and beaten captives readied for execution which takes place in Vil’kivka.
Some are in shock. At the end a new group of three is brought in and all three are shot in the back of the legs. I thought those guys were “terrordefense!” This makes sense because the killers are from Kharkiv and are angry about their city getting shelled. They think they have found some of the Russians who have been shelling their city, so it’s payback time.
This video is genuine as one of the POW’s shot in the legs who is interrogated says he is Azerbaijani has been identified. Further, two of the perpetrators of this attack have apparently been identified.
One of the killers has been identified as a 28 year old man from Kharkov named Sergey Velichko, call sign, “Chill.” He is a member of Azov Battalion and appears to be one of the leaders of the Kharkov branch of Azov. At the time the war started, he was in prison for racketeering, robbery, extortion, and kidnapping, but he was released from custody when Zelensky let most of the incarcerated criminals out of jail and prison to join the “terrordefense.”
The second man is named Konstantin Nemichev, also a resident of Kharkov. He is a battalion commander of the local Kharkov “terrordefense.”
I would like to point out that POW abuse is nothing new to the separatists who have been dealing with this for eight years now. POW’s often return missing a finger, or at other times they are asked to choose between getting their throat slit and having a limb chopped off. If they choose limb, they are asked which one they want to part with.
Even in this war, some Russian POW’s have been returned castrated or missing limbs. The limb removal did not seem to happen in combat. Instead it seemed to occur in custody. So abuse of POW’s is simply systemic in the various Ukrainian forces from military to nationalist battalions to terrordefense.
Here is a video of the battle for the Vil’kivka. You can see how they are already beating and abusing the prisoners. You can see that a lot of Ukrainian army soldiers are now operating from civilian vehicles to make themselves safe from surveillance and attacks from the air.
I can’t believe these guys filmed this and put it on the Net. But then we had the head of Ukrainian Medicine on TV the other day that Russian POW’s should be castrated! And this is how the Ukrainian liberals talk!
Separatist fighters have been saying for years that this is what was being done to their prisoners, but no one believed them. A pregnant woman was beheaded, a soldier was nailed to a cross and then set on fire, newborn babies were shot, and infants were raped. The rape of the infant was so bad that the perpetrator was actually convicted by a Ukrainian court.
42% of the commenters on the original Twitter thread, mostly Americans, are cheering this on in the thread. How depraved are we getting as a society, or have we always been this way?
Five minute version of the vehicle.
There is a lot of talk that these torturers are speaking Russian. This is true, but they are speaking Russian with a Ukrainian accent. So the killers are absolutely Ukrainians. Further, a Ukrainian poster has affirmed that the killers are speaking Ukrainian. Here is his translation of the video, from here:
Most of the video the cameraman is trying to figure out how they are injured. One guy is asked if his leg is broken. He says yes.
One guy in the background is heard yelling, “You are an officer, why the fuck are you shelling Kharkiv? Killing civilians?”
Then another guy is yelling “Are there officers? Are there officers?”
Then they shoot the officers (presumably) in the legs. Presumably as revenge for giving orders for those under their commands to “shell civilians,” which the Russians are not doing.
Second guy he talks to he asks him his nationality. He says he is Azerbajani and says that he has documents. Ukrainian soldier asks him why the fuck he came there. He says it was an order.
EDIT: Since this is a pretty important video from crimes perspective. I’ll translate word for word… in a sec in this post below here.
Cameraman: Where are (he says “Razvidosi bitch”, I am not sure what this means, could be Razvedka, which would be recon unit that wasn’t with these guys when they got captured. He is asking about their location).
POW: On the left side.
POW: As you enter the village on the left side
Cameraman: Left side. Where exactly? Speak up, bitch! Speak up.
Cameraman: Where are you from? Tell me.
Cameraman: He lost consciousness.
Cameraman: Turn him over.
Cameraman: Legs are shot huh?
Cameraman: I think he is fucked.
Cameraman: Fucking bitch. Whats your ethnicity?
POW: Azerbaijani. I have documents.
Cameraman: Why the fuck did you come here?
POW: Those were the orders
Cameraman: Fucking orders, huh?
Cameraman: You had a recon regiment here, how many people?
POW: On 6th of March when we entered we had 50 people.
Voice asks again “Who are officers?”
It made me think a little deeper. As someone who understands Russian culture/language, I think that perhaps when he is asking, “Who is an officer?” He is not actually trying to find out who is an officer. Instead, he is asking a rhetorical question, sort of, “Who is a man among you dogs that shot at civilians.”
In Russian culture a soldier is someone who gave an oath to serve and protect, to follow laws and rules of war, etc. Someone who has honor above all. So asking “Who is an officer?” is sort of like asking who of you are actually a soldier and not a war criminal. This would also explain the man in the background saying “You are an officer. How could you shell Kharkiv?” As in, “It’s a war crime. You know its a war crime. How as a person who gave a soldier’s oath and who knows the rules of war could you do this?”