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
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.”