Russian POW says he was told to shoot CIVILIANS and was part of a unit sent to capture Kharkiv

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A captured Russian commander has revealed he was told to shoot civilians and was part of a unit sent to capture Kharkiv in three days.

The man, a platoon chief in Russia’s army in accordance to Ukrainian authorities, mentioned Vladimir Putin had ordered the troops to occupy the town of Kharkiv earlier than advancing and capturing different Ukrainian cities.

The soldier, who has not been named, mentioned they had been told to ‘open fireplace’ on the civilian inhabitants in Kharkiv, after they landed in Ukraine at the start of Russia’s invasion on 24 February.

‘There was a command to capture the town of Kharkiv, occupy all of the roads, block civilian exits and occupy the town,’ the soldier, who was captured by Ukrainian forces after a shootout, mentioned in a video launched by Ukraine’s Security Service.

When requested what different duties the Russian troops got after they moved in on Ukraine, he mentioned: ‘We had permission to open fireplace on command and on all metropolis residents,’ including that there was an order to shoot civilians.

A captured Russian commander has revealed he was told to shoot civilians and was part of a unit sent to capture Kharkiv in three days

The soldier, who mentioned his platoon arrived in Ukraine on February 24, added that it was their mission to capture Kharkiv inside three days. 

But two weeks after Russia started its barbaric invasion, Kharkiv continues to be underneath Ukrainian management. But the town continues to be being closely pummelled by surrounding Russian forces, with native forces reporting artillery fireplace. 

Shelling in Kharkiv in a single day killed 4 individuals, two of them kids, with a five-year-old woman injured and rushed to hospital. Emergency employees mentioned they’re nonetheless working to pull individuals from the rubble of homes within the city of Slobozhanske.

Footage confirmed a destroyed procuring centre in Kharkiv after the town was focused by Russian airstrikes. Another clip revealed troops looking the within of the mall.

Another clip revealed troops looking the within of the destroyed mall in Kharviv 

The shopping center ‘Nikolsky’ is seen destroyed within the aftermath of shelling amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine

The captured Russian soldier mentioned he had been falsely told he was getting into Ukraine as a ‘peacekeeper’ to ‘free Ukraine from Nazis’.

He was later captured after a shootout between his platoon and Ukrainian troopers. The man was taken into a close by forest by one other Russian soldier, who was additionally captured by Ukrainian troops. 

The video was launched simply days after a captured Russian commander begged for ‘mercy’ for Putin’s forces attacking Ukraine, saying they had been duped into invading within the false perception that the federal government had been overthrown by Nazis and needing liberating.

The man, who claimed he is a lieutenant-colonel within the Russian nationwide guard’s particular speedy response unit, mentioned his countrymen have been ‘brainwashed’ into supporting the battle however – having seen the scenario in Ukraine for himself – he now feels ‘disgrace’ in taking part in ‘genocide’ and says Ukrainians are ‘proper’ to resist. 

Astakhov Dmitry Mikhailovich mentioned his doubts solidified when he noticed two of his favorite boxers – Oleksandr Usyk and Vasiliy Lomachenko – agreeing to struggle for the resistance.

And in a stark message delivered to Russian troops nonetheless preventing, he mentioned: ‘I’m begging you, cease earlier than it’s too late…Russia can not win right here.

‘If somebody got here to my territory, I’d do the identical as these individuals did and I’d be proper. They are proper now.

Astakhov Dmitry Mikhailovich (pictured) mentioned: ‘I’m begging you, cease earlier than it’s too late…Russia can not win right here’

‘Guys, be courageous. It’s simpler for me, I’m on this scenario already. You are in a tense scenario, going towards your individual commander.

‘But that is genocide, the persons are simply killed.’

It echoes statements given by different Russian prisoners interviewed by Ukrainian forces, who mentioned the order to assault got here at quick discover, that they had been told the Ukrainian authorities had been deposed, and that they had been stepping into a ‘liberators’ who ought to anticipate solely mild resistance. Instead, they walked into a massacre.

None of their accounts may be verified, and all statements are seemingly to have been given underneath some extent of duress.

But the consistency with which the identical story is being told – by troopers from completely different models preventing in several areas of the nation who haven’t had time to align their tales – is placing.

It comes because the battle for Kyiv is underway as Russian tanks push to inside simply a few miles of the town outskirts, analysts and witnesses have mentioned, although preliminary assaults to the west and east of the capital had been repelled as Putin’s forces face a lengthy and bloody marketing campaign to strive and take the capital.

Destroyed buildings and vehicles are seen within the metropolis of Kharkiv on Wednesday after Russian troops bombed the world

Kremlin troops launched two assaults on Kyiv Wednesday – one by way of the besieged western metropolis of Irpin and one other by way of the japanese district of Brovary, with video exhibiting how a column of Russian tanks and armoured automobiles was bombarded with artillery in a devastating ambush and compelled to flip again. 

Colonel Andrei Zakharov, commander of the tank regiment, was additionally killed within the ambush in accordance to the Ukrainian defence ministry and radio chatter intercepted from Russians on the battlefield. The similar transmissions instructed the column suffered heavy losses, with one tank and an armoured automobile destroyed. 

It marks simply the most recent Russian commander to be killed in Ukraine, after two generals had been slain by Kyiv’s troops. Colonel Zakharov had been awarded the Order of Courage by Vladimir Putin in 2016.    

Vadym Denysenko, adviser to Ukraine’s inside ministry, mentioned Ukrainian forces had additionally managed to cease the assault in Irpin and had been counter-attacking on Thursday morning with battles underway. 

‘The evening was fairly tough, however basically we will say that the Ukrainian military counterattacked close to Kyiv,’ he mentioned. ‘There is not any additional detailed data but.’ Fighting was additionally reported to the south west of Kyiv as Putin’s males continued their efforts to encompass the town. 

It means the Russian mission to assault the Ukrainian capital is now underway, analysts on the Institute for the Study of War mentioned, amid fears that devastating airstrikes on the town of Mariupol – which struck a maternity hospital killing three together with a six-year-old woman – and Kharkiv may quickly be seen within the capital.

President Volodymyr Zelensky, who continues to be in Kyiv, mentioned Thursday that his ‘coronary heart breaks at what the occupants have performed with our cities, our nation, and at what they need to do to our individuals’ who he mentioned wanted ‘pressing assist.’

Zelensky mentioned humanitarian corridors had been urgently being organised from bombarded cities to get civilians out and help packages in, which had been meeting with combined success. Some 35,000 individuals had been in a position to flee cities underneath assault by Russian forces on Wednesday, he mentioned, together with from the Kyiv suburbs and the japanese metropolis of Sumy.

However, there was no aid for the individuals of hard-hit Mariupol, which has been underneath bombardment for greater than a week with no meals, water, or electrical energy. A convoy was making an attempt to attain the town at the moment to deliver provides, however there was no phrase on whether or not it had managed to get by way of by early afternoon. Four earlier makes an attempt to deliver aid to the town have failed, after Ukraine mentioned Russia shelled the route it was intending to use.  

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned at the moment that the town has been was a fortress forward of the Russian assault, with about 2 million individuals – half the residents of the metro space of the capital – having fled.

‘Every road, each home is being fortified, the territorial protection is becoming a member of. Even individuals who of their lives by no means supposed to change their garments, now they’re in uniform with machine weapons of their arms,’ he mentioned in televised remarks.

Troops had been additionally warning civilians not to stray past the outskirts of the town, as a result of Russian automobiles had been noticed simply a few miles away. If Putin’s males can encircle Kyiv, they’re anticipated to shell it as they’ve performed with different cities comparable to Mariupol, Kharkiv and Chernihiv.