1,140 Russian soldiers who committed crimes against Ukrainian civilians identified by SSU

IMPORTANT POINTS

  • Ukrainian security service named 20-year-old Fassakhov as one of Russian soldiers who committed war crimes
  • Fassakhov is said to have repeatedly raped a girl when Russians temporarily occupied a city in the Kiev region
  • A Russian soldier was recently on trial for shooting and killing a 62-year-old Ukrainian man

Ukrainian authorities announced on Tuesday that they have identified more than 1,000 Russian soldiers who committed crimes against civilians, including rape, during the ongoing war.

In a report published on the website of the Security Service of Ukraine, authorities said they have identified the names of 1,140 Russian troops who committed atrocities during the war. One of them was Bulat Lenarovych Fassakhov, a 20-year-old soldier accused of violating war customs.

According to the security service, Fassakhov broke into the home of a Ukrainian family when Russians temporarily occupied a town in the Kiev region. The soldier is said to have locked every family member in the basement, except for a young girl. Together with three other accomplices, Fassakhov repeatedly raped the girl.

It is not clear when and where the incident took place. The security service also did not provide details on the girl’s identity, but noted that several witnesses have already confirmed the facts of the crimes committed by Fassakhov.

Fassakhov is a resident of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation. He served in the 30th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 2nd Guards Combined Army of the Central Military District of the Russian Federation.

The intelligence agency’s report comes after Russia’s Sgt. Vadim Shyshimarin, 21, was on trial last week in Ukraine for the murder of a 62-year-old man in the northeastern Ukrainian village of Chupakhivka. The soldier, who served in a Russian tank unit, was accused of shooting the man through an open car window during the first week of the invasion.

After his arrest, the security service posted a short video showing Shyshimarin confessing that his commander had ordered him to commit murder. If convicted, Shyshimarin could face life imprisonment under Ukraine’s war laws.

“I was ordered to shoot,” said the soldier. “I shot one (round) at him. He falls. And we kept going.”

Ukraine’s Attorney General Iryna Venediktova has said her office… more than 11,000 current cases war crimes and at least 40 suspects. She also added that her office will continue to identify and prosecute all Russian soldiers who committed crimes in Ukraine.

Russian military forces participate in a military exercise on the Sernovodsky Polygon close to the Chechnya border, some 260 km from the southern Russian city of Stavropol, on March 19, 2015. Photo: SERGEY VENYAVSKY/AFP via Getty Images

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