Konstantin Yefremov, a former Russian military officer who fled Russia, has claimed Ukrainian men were cruelly tortured in captivity; Russian soldiers shot at her and threatened to rape her.
source: Yefremov interviewed by Russian BBC News
Details: In April 2022, Yefremov’s unit was guarding their “rear headquarters” in the village of Kamianka, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine. The colonel was responsible for interrogating Ukrainian prisoners.
Quote from Yefremov: “One day three Ukrainian military prisoners were taken there. One of them confessed that he was a sniper. And the colonel’s eyes lit up when he heard it [the captive] answered yes. The colonel told it [us] bring a mop: ‘We’ll make you a girl now and send the video to your wife.’
The colonel once asked a prisoner to name all the nationalists he knew in his regiment, his platoon. And the guy didn’t understand the question, he said: “We are marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine”. The Colonel beat him up and knocked out a couple of his teeth.
He held a gun to a blindfolded man’s head and told him, “I’ll count to three and then I’ll shoot you in the head.” He counted, then shot close to the head. He shoots close to an ear and then keeps asking questions.”
details: The officer has stated that these interrogations and tortures “have been going on for a week – every day or every night, sometimes twice a day”.
He also recalled that the prisoners were being held in a garage. The Colonel forbade them regular food and only allowed us to give them water and rusks.
In addition, according to Yefremov, the colonel shot through the prisoner’s arm, leaving the bony bone intact, and shot his right leg once during questioning, breaking a bone.
The BBC has indicated that it cannot confirm Yefremov’s detailed testimony, but stresses that these testimonies are consistent with other comments on the torture of Ukrainian prisoners.
Photo: BBC Russian News
background: Lieutenant Yefremov was commander of a mine clearance platoon of the 42nd Guards Motor Rifle Division headquartered in Chechnya. Yefremov said he arrived in Dzhankoi, Crimea on February 10, 2022, ahead of Russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine.
Yefremov has assured the press that even officers did not believe in war and thought they were going to military exercises.
He has claimed he realized on the first day of the war that he did not want to fight and is attempting to resign. At first the command refused, calling him a coward and a traitor and threatening imprisonment for desertion, but they eventually released Yefremov and he left Russia.
Yefremov has said that over the past three years he has cleared mines in Chechnya that survived two wars – until Russia’s war against Ukraine began; He loved his job and believed it was helpful.
“I apologize to the Ukrainian people that I came to their home armed and as an unwanted guest. And I thank God that no one suffered at my hands, that I took no life on this land. And thank god I wasn’t hurt. I don’t even have the moral right to ask Ukrainians for forgiveness,” Yefremov said.
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