Kyiv: Even after six months, no sign of life from abducted members of the opposition

20 Sep 2022 11:09 am

An analysis by Anton Gentzen

There is still no clarity on the extent of the repression and terror inflicted on civilians in the towns and settlements recently recaptured by Ukraine for actual or perceived “collaboration” with Russian authorities. The few insights that are currently possible are worrying.

Fragmentary reports and individual reports from the region give reason to fear that war crimes and unlawful punitive actions are systematically and en masse the order of the day there. For his part, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy made a point by refusing to talk or take photos with the residents during his daily visit to Izyum. With reference to the still pending “filtration”.

“What did you serve the pederasts for?”

The officially proclaimed policy of “filtration” can hit you even if you’ve been doing your job for the past few months, even if it’s completely apolitical and without any military relevance. A video released on social media last week shows an elderly man being “interrogated” in Balakleja, the first of the recaptured towns. Stopped in the middle of the street by armed and uniformed Ukrainians, he is forced to answer the filmer’s questions. The “interrogation” takes place in Ukrainian:

Filmer: “How was life among the pederasts?”

Resident: “Well, what do you think? Not very happy.”

Q.: “What was your position?”

E.: “Chairman of the football and sports club ‘Wympel’.”

Q.: “Official for sports and youth issues?”

E.: “No. Sports facility ‘Wympel’. Back there.”

Q.: “What was the salary?”

E.: “None (salary).”

Q.: “Then why did you serve the pederasts?”

E.: “I did not serve them. No, guys, I served our Balakleja …”

Q.: “Grab him, the hell!”

The camera pans to a jeep and another man in uniform.

One can only hope that nothing worse happened to the man after his arrest.

Another video shows a man with marks on his face from a beating. His name is known: Sergei Krasovsky, chairman of the Union of veterans of the “counterterrorist operation” in the border town of Volchansk. After Russian military intervention began, Krasovsky switched sides and supported Russia. “Anti-terrorist operation” is the official Ukrainian term for the war that Ukraine has been waging in and against the Donbass since April 2014.

Report by a pro-Ukrainian broadcaster

Russian journalists no longer have access to the region. Ukrainian journalists, unless driven by hatred and prejudice against Russians and Russian-speaking Ukrainians themselves, are subject to numerous legal and illegal constraints and cannot report freely and openly. Foreign journalists are rarely better.

After all, the broadcaster RTVI a longer report titled “Filtration in the Kharkov region. What happens to people loyal to Russia after Ukraine’s counter-offensive?” dedicated. Reported for a channel that has never hidden its sympathies for the Kiev Maidan and nationalist Ukraine RTVI surprisingly open:

“The filtering of the population began in the areas of Kharkov Oblast left by the Russian army. For example, teachers who continued to teach even after the Russian troops entered the country were arrested. If there are Russians among them, the Ukrainian authorities have promised to arrest them for violation against the laws and customs of war. Ukraine’s citizens, on the other hand, will be charged with collaboration.”

According to information from RTVI the State Investigative Bureau of Ukraine (SBU) and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) carry out filtration (filtration) in the Kharkov region. According to official statements, the aim is to prosecute all “collaborators”, i.e. those civilians who have worked with Russian military or civilian authorities in the meantime.

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For example, according to the Bureau of Investigations, three women were detained in the city of Izyum: two of them worked in the tax service, while the third had declared to the pro-Russian administration that he would serve in the people’s militia. In the village of Veliky Burluk, a former local law enforcement officer was arrested, while in Kupyansk the head of the Balakleya city police was arrested. All of these individuals have been charged with high treason, which carries a prison sentence of between eight and 15 years in Ukraine.

Numerous teachers who had taught according to Russian curricula for about a week were also said to have been arrested. The Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Wereshchuk has already promised the teaching staff in the “liberated areas” several years in prison.

“Something indescribably bad is happening”

Immediately after the withdrawal of the Russian army, more than ten anonymous Telegram channels were set up on social networks, where personal data of alleged “collaborators” in the Kharkov region are published. After a short time, data from several hundred people were listed in it. The operators of the channels are calling for the people listed to be arrested, tortured and killed.

Ukrainian pro-Russian politician and former Verkhovnaya Rada MP Oleg Tsarev claims that Kharkov region is now repeating what happened in Kyiv, Sumy and Chernihiv regions after Russia’s partial withdrawal, where there were many pro-Russian citizens who were displaced by murdered by Ukrainian nationalists:

“I get reports that there are thousands of prisoners in the Kharkov region, many of whom are shot on the spot. They paint the letter Z on our people’s houses so they don’t forget to kill them afterwards. I have an acquaintance He’s sitting at home wondering when they’re going to pick him up. He’s sure they’ll come. He told me that two of his friends have already been shot. Right in front of his house.”

The officially ordered or at least tolerated repression by the Ukrainian military is probably worse than the repression by the regular law enforcement authorities. The regular army is said to have been ordered by the high command to occupy the outskirts of the cities, while the 227th, 128th and 22nd units of the territorial defense of the Kharkov region are active in the recaptured cities and are also instructed to ” carry out filtration measures”.

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The perfidious thing about it: Exactly these formations had suffered the heaviest losses in the clashes with the Russian army near Kharkov, since they were used both in the defense of the city and in the so-called counter-offensive as shock troops at the front. They have now been given a punitive function and it is feared that they will make excessive use of it.

By the end of September, according to some reports, a battalion of the 103rd Territorial Defense Brigade will arrive from Lvov as reinforcements to speed up the filtering.

In addition to former civil servants and teachers who openly sympathize with Russia, ordinary civilians are also being arrested: in Kupyansk, two car washers suspected of having helped service vehicles belonging to the Russian armed forces were arrested.

Locals are arrested both on the basis of written and verbal denunciations from other residents and tips from the SBU. Presumably, those arrested, whose “guilt” cannot be determined on the spot, will be taken to the premises of the Ukrainian police on Vesnin Street in Kharkov. The fate of these people remains unknown for the time being.

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