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What Ukrainians did to Ukrainians. Atrocities By Nationalist Tornado Battalion (Videos, English Titles, 18+)

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“Remembering the past to understand the present, a reminder from 2016 with some sick videos….so take care:

Southfront: The Tornado battalion crimes case is a criminal case opened in connection with numerous grave crimes committed by the personnel of the Ukrainian volunteer battalion Tornado during the armed conflict in Donbas.

According to the Ukrainian Military Prosecutor’s Office, the battalion’s fighters practiced inhuman killings, torture and rape against civilians. In addition, one in four of the Tornado personnel was found to have a criminal record. The investigation received a large public and political resonance, and the trial was subjected to strong pressure from representatives of the Ukrainian volunteer movement

Eventually, some volunteers from the Tornado battalion were found guilty of criminal charges (kidnapping, sexual violence, etc.) but a report by Global Rights Compliance LLP, which was published under the aegis of the British Embassy in Kyiv called the absence of any charges of war crimes against them with such obvious evidence inexplicable. In addition, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union expressed concern about the nationwide tendency to justify grave crimes by pro-Ukrainian formations.

Remembering the past to understand the present.

The Tornado battalion crimes case is a criminal case opened in connection with numerous grave crimes committed by the personnel of the Ukrainian volunteer battalion Tornado during the armed conflict in Donbas.

According to the Ukrainian Military Prosecutor’s Office, the battalion’s fighters practiced inhuman killings, torture and rape against civilians. In addition, one in four of the Tornado personnel was found to have a criminal record. The investigation received a large public and political resonance, and the trial was subjected to strong pressure from representatives of the Ukrainian volunteer movement

The soldiers of the Ukrainian “Tornado” battalion are on trial. Responsible for torture, rape and kidnapping for ransom (2016)

Anna Pawłowska
Tornado Battalion soldiers

Soldiers from the Tornado battalion “stood trial for war crimes (Piotr Andrusieczko)

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Opinions on the “Tornado” battalion are extremely divided. According to some, his soldiers are degenerates who brutally tortured prisoners, raped civilians as well, and have kidnapped for ransom. According to others, they are heroes who are vilified for political reasons; the accusations are bogus and the charges against the soldiers are Russian propaganda; even if they treated prisoners inappropriately, they missed the innocent because the detained were bandits. The trial behind closed doors is to prevent tornadoes from defending …

They were considered heroes on the front lines

The “Tornado” volunteer battalion was established in 2014 and belonged to the structures of the Ministry of the Interior. From December 2014 to April 2015, it operated in the hottest areas, the so-called anti-terrorist operation (ATO), incl. in Debaltsev, Piaski and Stanica Ługańska.

In March 2015, military prosecutors accused his soldiers of creating a criminal organization, beatings and sexual offenses, on June 17, eight of them, including Commander Ruslan Onyshchenko, were arrested.

Murder of women accused of separatism, gang rape and torture. Ukraine holds its officers accountable

On June 18, 2015, the head of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, disbanded the battalion. In response, the tornadoes barricaded themselves at their base for a while and refused to lay down their weapons. They described the allegations as fabricated and of a political nature. They maintained that their colleagues had been detained because they had fought smuggling from Ukrainian-controlled territories to rebel-controlled territories.

– When we stood on the front lines, we were fired upon and killed, we were considered heroes. Now, when we understood that trade with separatists started [according to the tornadoes, the local administration earned money by smuggling goods on their territory], we started to be regarded as killers – said one of the battalion members quoted by Radio Swoboda.

In July, some of the soldiers that passed the verification were conscripted into the “Myrotworec” battalion.

Torture and violence

Investigators working on this case since 2015 collected 80 volumes of files. The tornadoes also appeared several times during other trials.

Ultimately, 11 soldiers were in the dock. One of them is already serving a prison sentence (in July he was sentenced to 6 years for the brutal rape of a woman in the Luhansk region). 12 are still wanted by wanted posters.

Onyshchenko and his soldiers are charged with 15 paragraphs of the Criminal Code. One of the main charges concerns brutal torture of prisoners of war and detained civilians suspected of having ties to the rebels. Tornadoes were to hit them with various objects, including genitals, throw burning matches on pubic hair, causing extensive burns of intimate areas, use electricity and knives. The victims also spoke of sexual violence, including forcing prisoners to rape each other under the threat of death. The tortures were to be filmed. 

Other charges include kidnapping for ransom, sexual violence against civilians, beatings, robbery and incitement to suicide. However, there is no evidence of the murders (in this part the trial is circumstantial).

“It took a lot of effort to convince these people to choose to testify. Some of them agreed only on the condition that they were provided with special protection, including the change of documents, says the chief military prosecutor of Ukraine Ruslan Kravchenko in an interview with Novoy Gazetoj . The opposition Russian media devoted an extensive article to the trial in Kiev. It was “Nowaja Gazieta” that reported that most of the victims underwent polygraph examination, which confirmed the truthfulness of their testimony. All the accused refused to do so. 

Aggression in court

The process of “Tornadoes” in Kiev has been going on for several months. There have already been cancellations of hearings due to riots in front of the court building. Including ATO participants demanded open hearings, there was also talk of faking allegations for political reasons). 

The court maintains that due to the severity of the crime and the behavior of the accused, there is no question of admitting the audience to the auditorium. Tornadoes behave aggressively, insult the judge and witnesses. They laughed at the crying of the woman who accused them of tormenting her son. They also poured a smelly liquid, possibly feces, into the judges.

“I’ll go out, bitch, and rape your corpse with a rubber dick,” one of them shouted to the judge.

Tornado supporters say that by behaving in this way, soldiers are protesting the unfair trial and bogus allegations.

“Tornado” divides Ukraine

– This is probably another piece of Russian propaganda – these were the first reactions of Ukrainians to photos of brutally beaten people. Especially since they appeared on websites related to the Donbas rebels.

However, further information about the “Tornado” could hardly be attributed to Russian propaganda. The more that the battalion had a poor opinion among the soldiers themselves.

“Various things have been said about them for a long time.” A friend of mine is in another battalion, but he has had contact with them. He left quickly from there. He said they were sick people, says an anonymously a volunteer from the Ukrainian army.

Tetiana Czornovił, a journalist and one of the faces of the Maidan, spoke publicly and under her name (in December 2013, she published an article “Here lives an executioner”, with the address and photos of the property of the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Vitaly Zakharchenko, who is blamed for the use of force by the militia against the protesters; the next day she was brutally beaten by unknown perpetrators; when her husband was killed on the Donbas front, she joined the “Azov” battalion in which he fought). The recording in which she talks about the materials of the investigation, which she got acquainted with during the journalistic work on the battalions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, makes a shocking impression.

– Cell phones with horrific videos of sexual orgies and rapes were found at the arrested commanders of the “Tornado”; among the victims were underage girls and even infants, said Chornovil in a television program . 

The defenders of the soldiers accuse her of lying. This was to be proved by her body language and the direction of her gaze. However, they did not explain why – herself having experience from the front – she would unjustifiably accuse other soldiers of such serious crimes.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. The ‘MSM’ the World Press/Media is in the hands of those, who are behind the current Military Activity in the Ukraine! This War/Conflict was planned/instigated, to get to Mr. Putin and get Russia involved, rightfully so, in defending the safety/security of the Russian Nation/People! WAR is a RACKET! The Chosen Few are making PROFIT and the Masses of Humanity are the Sacrificial Lambs on the Altar of ‘MONEY!

  2. Oh my, MSM seems to have missed ALL of the stories like this. Imagine that! Maybe its a budget problem, not having enough staff to read the news. But they do manage to find all the stories, true or not true of Russian depredations showing that they will publish such material when it suits them.

    • Oh, Mr. Dean! This battalion’s nasty activity was recorded and exposed. On Russian TV we have seen these nasty crimes of Tornado sick [email protected] And of course no one cared from the Western MSM.