Can Russia still be treated as a civilized state, or is it already a terrorist country that allows its soldiers to behave worthy of war crimes?
After several years of absence, today’s article is my first for SOFREP in some time. When commenting on armed conflicts, I rather looked at them from the perspective of what I experienced during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, from a historical point of view. The current war, the one in Ukraine, is taking place in the immediate vicinity of Poland and the Poles. I comment on it, witnessing a story going on, a story as cruel as the one our grandparents told us about when they recalled the Second World War.
Putin’s troops (I don’t want to blame all Russians) fighting in Ukraine make themselves known as the worst side by inflicting cruelty that does entitle one to call himself a soldier. They mindlessly kill civilians, rape women, do not spare the elderly, and destroy hospitals, schools, community centers, and churches, there is no holiness for them.
In recent days, a video has been uploaded to the internet and social media showing the probable mutilation of a Ukrainian prisoner of war. The film shows a Ukrainian soldier captured and subdued. He lies on the ground with his mouth taped and his hands tied. Above him stands a man in a Russian military uniform, with the letter “Z” sewn on, which is a symbol of the invasion of Ukraine. First, he cuts the uniform of the soldier with a knife, and then mutilates a man in the perineum area…, shouting humiliating curses at him in Russian. It is difficult for Internet users to determine when and where this video was shot, but many of them recognize the perpetrator by a characteristic hat with tassels, this man previously appeared in a recording from the Azot chemical plant in Severdonetsk.
It is ridiculous that the torture video comes from the Russian media, where Ossian propagandists delightfully show how a group of sadists mutilated a Ukrainian prisoner. What should the world think of Russian soldiers now? About Putin’s country, where his soldiers enjoy torture and assassinations?