Russian commander orders soldiers to “take out” civilians near blockaded Mariupol: report

The Ukrainian government on Thursday released what they claimed were intercepted radio recordings of a Russian commander ordering his soldiers to “remove” civilians in Mariupol.

The London newspaper Times reported on Thursday about obscene entries published by the Security Service of Ukraine. In one of the recordings, an unknown Russian serviceman says he saw “two people coming out of the grove in civilian clothes. [clothing]He also noticed the car and said he could not determine whether it was a civilian car or the Ukrainian military.

“Take them all on x ** y!” – shouts the Russian commander in response, according to the intercepted call.

“From all of them, b ** a!” Shouted the chief. The soldier takes the command, says, “Got it.”


The recording is said to have been made from a village outside Mariupol, a city on the northeast coast of the Sea of ​​Azov, which has suffered near constant Russian bombing since March 1. Approximately 120,000 civilians remained in the city with a pre-war population of half a million. As the Russians blocked humanitarian aid and food, drinking water and medicine became less.

Ukrainian officials have estimated that thousands of civilians have been killed in airstrikes on maternity hospitals, theaters where hundreds of civilians have taken refuge, and apartment buildings. They also warn that the Russians could organize a provocation of the “false flag” by staging the corpses of murdered residents of Mariupol and falsely presenting them as victims of the Ukrainian military, who used them as human shields.

Mariupol City Council on Wednesday accused Russian forces of hoping for a mobile crematorium to cover up their war crimes against civilians, as the mayor of Mariupol said: “This is the new Auschwitz.”

In another leaked record, one soldier complained to his colleagues that Ukrainian troops had “surrounded” their smaller Russian group and that they received little support from Moscow.

Declining morale and panic among Russian ranks are of concern to the Russian leadership, according to a military directive issued by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry that it has been intercepted by Russians.

The document notes that “commanders of all ranks have faced opposition from personnel,” who convinced “the Internet and popular messengers.”

It adds that the Russian security services became aware of numerous cases of blackmail of soldiers through their personal data, as well as cases of deceiving the military with false information that was reported to them personally through messengers such as Viber, WhatsApp, Telegram, Vkontakte and others.

In response, the Russian military leadership ordered to “strengthen control” over the military’s access to the Internet and social networks on mobile devices and check their “moral and mental state.”

The Times also reports that Russian Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, nicknamed the Mariupol Butcher, also recently boasted that his forces last month “eliminated” 93 alleged Ukrainian “deserters” when they left their posts and tried to flee the besieged Mariupol. . The group was dressed in civilian clothes, but Mizintsev said they were Ukrainian fighters, according to Russian state RT.

In another audio recording published by Ukraine, Mizintsev said that Russian soldiers should have their ears cut off as punishment for wrongdoing.

Speaking remotely from Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Greek parliament on Thursday, stressing the destruction of Mariupol, home to a large Greek population and with strong ethnic and cultural ties to Greece. After withdrawing from Kiev, Russian troops in recent days have again moved to the offensive in southeastern Ukraine.

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“I urge you to use the influence of Greece and opportunities as a member of the European Union to save Mariupol,” said Zelensky. “Russia is absolutely confident in its invincibility and that they can do whatever they want without going unpunished. We have to stop this. We must bring Russia to justice. “

“Russian troops have brought death and destruction to the land, where for centuries both Ukrainians and Greeks have enjoyed peace and prosperity,” Zelensky said. “The Russians have started a new resettlement of the population from southern Ukraine. At least tens of thousands of our citizens have already been deported to Russia and the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. These are residents of Mariupol and other cities. and communities that have been hit hard by Russian troops. ”

This week, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations acknowledged “credible reports” that Russian forces had moved tens of thousands of Ukrainian civilians from Mariupol to “filtration camps” and then to Russia or the rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

On Thursday, Zelensky warned the Greek parliament that another port city on the Black Sea could expect the same fate of Mariupol. Zelensky said that when the Greek foreign minister was in Odessa last week, the Ukrainian city, once an ancient Greek colony and now a major industrial hub, was experiencing Russian shelling and another rocket attack. The President of Ukraine said that on Thursday in Odessa again calm.

“This is the forced relocation of people from Russia, and this is certainly not the first resettlement of Russians, and both Ukrainians and Greeks suffer from such resettlement,” Zelensky said. “We must save Odessa from the same destruction that Mariupol suffered. We must find all the people deported by Russia. We must save those who are still alive in Mariupol and can be saved.”

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Ukraine had rejected its offer that international guarantees of its security did not apply to Crimea. Russia annexed the Black Sea Peninsula in 2014 and wants Ukraine to recognize Moscow’s sovereignty over it.

In recent days, Russian troops have retreated from the capital region around Kiev, and photos have appeared showing plainclothes corpses lying in the streets or near houses in Bucha and other cities, some with their hands and symbols tied behind their backs. rape and torture.

The German news magazine Der Spiegel recently reported that Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service also said it had intercepted radio recordings from Bucha, and presented the findings to the German parliament on Wednesday. The footage allegedly recorded the capture of Russian servicemen discussing the killing of civilians on the radio, with one serviceman specifically mentioning the shooting of a man on a bicycle. Of the many graphic images that emerged after the Bucha massacre, the dead man next to his motorcycle was the one that shocked the West and caused new sanctions to crush a Russian military vehicle.

At a meeting in Brussels, G7 foreign ministers pledged on Thursday to “maintain and increase pressure on Russia by imposing agreed additional restrictive measures to effectively thwart Russia’s ability to continue aggression against Ukraine.” Considering the war crimes allegations in Bucha, the ministers insisted that “those responsible for these horrific acts and atrocities, including any attacks on civilians and the destruction of civilian infrastructure, will be brought to justice and prosecuted.”

They also reiterated warnings about the use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, saying “any use of such weapons by Russia would be unacceptable and would have serious consequences.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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