Journalists have identified a Russian serviceman who boasted torture of Ukrainian prisoners of war and shelling of houses of civilians in Ukraine. This is Stanislav Shmatov, tanker of the 15th so-called “peacekeeping” brigade of the armed forces of Russia, a native of the Samara region.
According to Radio Liberty, journalists identified the village of Pesky-Radkovsky, where the Russians committed war crimes.
In May, the SBU published a fragment of an intercepted conversation between a Russian serviceman and his father, during which the soldier boasted of shelling the houses of civilians and capturing and torture of the Ukrainian military.
"Today we didn't *** show ourselves like that. We, consider, surrounded the village from three sides. They just took out the houses, shot at everything: at houses, at cars, everything. All houses, n *** r, were torn apart by tanks *** or armored personnel carriers. Two prisoners were taken. The AK-47 was squeezed out of them, the rifle was squeezed out, the SVD-shku. The ear of one was cut off, & ndash; says Shmatov.
The Russian soldier also said that they fired at the Ukrainian village with Grads, mortars, BUKs, and also admitted that, together with his colleagues, he intimidated the locals and took away their food.
"Now the boys went to reconnaissance, brought sausages, mayonnaise, lard & hellip; walked over the people. And the meaning of them is a fool ***? We have stems. We have a tank, motherfucker. Somebody something zalu *** tsya – minus the house and live as you like, on the street”, – says a Russian.
He serves in the 15th separate motorized rifle brigade of the Central Military District. This brigade, as noted on the website of the military unit, carried out the so-called “peacekeeping tasks in zones of armed conflicts” North Ossetia, Transnistria and Abkhazia.
In the local community in the Kharkiv region, they confirmed what a Russian soldier said in a conversation intercepted by the SBU: the army brutally treated the civilian population, some were taken hostage.
Satellite photos, as well as videos, show numerous destruction of private houses, a local school and House of teachers in the village of Pesky-Radkovsky.
Journalists have established the movement of Shmatova's brigade across the territory of Ukraine. First, they entered the Chernihiv region, where the telephone caught stations from the village of Brigintsy to the city of Nizhyn, Chernihiv region, from March 3 to March 31.
Then the phone temporarily disappeared “from the radar”. According to the reports of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in those days, certain units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation carried out a “partial withdrawal”, in particular, from the territory of the Chernihiv region, leaving the damaged equipment.
The next time Shmatov's phone appeared on the Ukrainian network in mid-April, connecting to a tower located on the border of three regions – Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkov. And a few days later his conversation was intercepted by the SBU. After the beginning of the occupation of the village of Peski-Radkovsky on April 15, Shmatov’s phone disappeared from radar for 10 days. And then it appeared already in the neighboring area – Slavyansky district of Donetsk region.
Journalists called Shmatov. He said that on May 2 he was injured in Ukraine, so he is now in Russia. He tried to deny personal involvement in the crimes that he had previously confessed to relatives.
"I was there, as it were, on my own wave, I didn’t give a damn about everyone at all", – said.
Later he admitted that he received orders to shoot at the houses of local residents.
When he found out that he was talking to a journalist, tanker Shmatov began to threaten: " there shouldn't be anyone's voice on the record. I'll come and shoot you in the head, f*** if you call someone from my brigade or my boys again. the father of this soldier. He did not answer journalists' questions.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich