Russian deserter speaks about war crimes committed by Russian army in Kyiv region

Russian deserter speaks about war crimes committed by Russian army in Kyiv region

Russian serviceman Nikita Chibrin, a member of the 64th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade, who escaped from the front and managed to reach Spain, confirmed the numerous war crimes committed by the invaders in Bucha district of Kyiv region.

"I know for sure that there were cases of looting. I saw how cars were taken in Lypivka and Andriivka, I saw how they broke cars that could not be started, destroyed houses. Apparently, they went crazy because they got power, tanks, IFVs, weapons, etc... They took jewelry from houses, mobile devices," Chibrin told The Insider in an interview.

He also says that Russian soldiers raped women in the village of Andriivka.

Chibrin notes that Russian soldiers are in terrible conditions at the front. Also, according to him, the Russian command exerts physical and psychological pressure on those who wanted to leave the front or for being captured.

He claims that he pretended to be crazy so that he would not be sent to the front line. Later, everyone turned their backs on him, including his family, because he ran away and refused to shoot. Chibrin says that he wants to testify in the international court: "I have nothing to hide. This is a criminal war that Russia started. I want to do everything I can to make it stop."

Chibrin joined the army in the summer of 2021 due to financial problems. He spent the first month of the war in the village of Lypivka, 50km from Kyiv. During this period, his comrades-in-arms committed genocide in Bucha and Andriivka. On June 16, he managed to get out of Ukraine, hiding in a truck headed for Russia. After his escape, he contacted human rights activists asking to help him leave Russia. On November 15, Chibrin landed in Madrid where he requested asylum. While his application is being processed, he will be placed at a temporary shelter for refugees.

Chibrin served in military unit No. 51460, the 64th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade, stationed in Knyaze-Volkonskoye, Khabarovsk Krai. Soldiers of the 64th Brigade arrived in Bucha in mid-March. Over the next 18 days, 12 people were killed in one of Bucha districts the brigade took control of, including the residents of six houses where the soldiers had set up camp.

Residents of Andriivka accused the brigade members of robberies, looting and killing civilians. Vazhnyye Istorii outlet correspondent managed to confirm the identity of at least four soldiers of the brigade. One of them, Daniil Frolkin, confessed to the murder of Ruslan Yaremchuk, a resident of Andriivka.

On April 18, 2022, Vladimir Putin awarded the brigade the honorary title of “guards” "for mass heroism and bravery, resilience and courage shown by the personnel."


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