I am always hesitant to blindly accept tales of atrocities committed during wartime. Such tales are often concocted, used to gin up outrage and justify whatever actions the tale-teller wants to take.
Still, this interview with a heartbroken Ukrainian father about what happened to his son after he was captured stopped me in my tracks. It fits in with what other news outlets are reporting on in this slow-motion invasion and brutal campaign by Putin.
WARNING: the following description is pretty horrific. Skip over to kitteh pictures if you’ve got a sensitive constitution.
The first thing I asked them was to tell the truth. Do not embellish or hide anything. And during the conversations with them I discovered a terrible picture of crime in the Donbas. A chamber was set up in the building of OBOP, which was nicknamed “the NKVD.**” In that chamber Ukrainian soldiers were tortured by two men in their thirties and a woman of medium build. Their commander was a man with two nicknames - Pogranets (“border guard”) and Sova (“owl”). I learned later that in that area there is a very cruel criminal who spent many years in prison. I think it is him. The POWs with whom I talked, watched the video of my son. They confirmed that the video was filmed in that same torture chamber. Several guys told me that after the filming, my son’s legs were drilled into with a drill meant to pierce metal. There is speculation that he was castrated and scalped. Lyosha died during his torture. He could not bear it… One of Bezler’s former prisoners said that he personally carried my son’s body out of the torture room. It was wrapped in a bag and put inside a black “Audi.” Where the body was taken is not known. Only Bezler knows that, apparently.
Yeah, this is reminiscent of what took place in Iraq in 06-09, when the Sunni-Shi’a civil war was really hitting its stride. It’s what’s taking place today in Syria, and Sudan, and Nigeria, and other places that are on the fringes of the grand map of civilization.
In all the glorification of the American Civil War taking place on the right wing, there seems to be a general ignorance of all the things that take place when a country goes to war with itself. It brings out the worst, most fanatical sadists, and gives them free rein to inflict their demented fantasies upon the helpless.
There’s been talk on LGF about a looming repeat of the American Civil War. I think we are a long, long way from that.