Russia’s MoD Published New Documents About the Crimes and Atrocities of Ukrainian Nationalists (Part 1)

NEW – April 8, 2022

Part 2 can be found here, part 3 – here, part 4 – here

The publication of documents from the collections of the Central Archive of the Russian Defence Ministry is aimed at preserving the historical memory and truth about the bloody mass crimes and atrocities of Ukrainian nationalists against their people, which in recent years have been deliberately forgotten by the criminal Ukrainian regime.

Materials provided by the Central Archive of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation


Report of the People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs of the USSR dated January 19, 1942

Already in January 1942, the People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs of the USSR, L. Beriya, reported to the People’s Commissariat of Defence of the USSR about the beginning of the creation of a “Ukrainian army” by the German command in the occupied territory of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

As it appears in the document, the Germans not only keep records of conscripted Ukrainians from 16 to 50 years old, but also create special camps and schools for prisoners of war of the command staff of the Red Army of Ukrainian nationality, where they teach them “tactics, combat, subversive and automotive affairs”.

“Along with this, the German military authorities have begun to form punitive detachments of persons of Ukrainian nationality,” Beriya reports. Deserters and local nationalist elements joined the punishers. At the time of the document, punitive detachments had already been formed in the Kharkov, Kamenets-Podolsk, Kiev and Poltava occupied regions.

“The German authorities grant these detachments unlimited rights, up to and including execution.”

Act of the Commission of the 1st Division of the 206th Guards Light Artillery Regiment dated April 11, 1944

The handwritten act attested the fact of the mass shooting by Ukrainian nationalists of more than a hundred civilians of the village of Nova-Brikul in the Strusovsky district of the Tarnopol region.

Banderists, dressed in Red Army uniforms, surrounded the village at 7 a.m. and began to gather people allegedly for work.

Having gathered 150 people, the bandits took them “one kilometre south of the village”. Later that day, the remaining civilians went to look for fellow villagers and found the place of their execution at a distance of a kilometre from the village.

Memo of the Chief of the Ukrainian Staff of the partisan movement “On the active actions of Banderists in Volyn in contact with the Germans against the Red Army and Soviet partisans” dated May 10, 1944

The document refers to the supply by the Germans of UPA detachments and Banderist groups with food, German weapons and new German military uniforms. A quote is given from an order signed by “Klima Savur” found in the defeated “UPA HQ”, which stated that Ukrainian nationalists should not join the fight against “Magyars, Slovaks, Lithuanians and other allied troops of Hitler”.

The memo also says that with the rapid advance of regular units of the Red Army and raids by Soviet partisan detachments on the fascist rear, large UPA detachments “retreated in confusion with the Germans, heading to Galicia and the Pinsk marshes”, while “small detachments and groups, remaining in the rear of the Red Army, hid in in the woods and partially dispersed to their homes, keeping their weapons”.

Many cases of terror by Banderists against the local population are described. For example, the instructions of the “regional branch” (local administration) of OUN in Volyn are given: “In connection with the advance of the Red Army to the west and the exit of Soviet partisans to Volyn and Galicia – destroy the families of easterners (residents of the eastern regions of Ukraine), former Soviet employees and Soviet activists of the village”.

Political report of the head of the Political Department of the Kiev Military District “On the attack of a gang of nationalists/Banderists on the district centre of Gorodnitsa, Zhytomyr region” dated February 6, 1945

The document describes the details of the attack in January 1945 by a Banderist gang of 200 people on the district centre of Gorodnitsa.

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During the battle, Banderists broke into the apartment of the acting district military commissar Lieutenant Filimonov, where they brutally killed the wife and 4-year-old child of the officer and “cut up their corpses”…

Within two hours, the bandits “burned down the buildings of the district military commissariat, the NKVD, the NKGB, the District Executive Committee, the post office, the People’s Court, the base of the Regional Union of Consumer Societies, and also partially destroyed the buildings of the branch of the State Bank, the editorial office of the district newspaper and the industrial plant.”

In the battle, 8 people were killed and 7 people from among the security of institutions were wounded.

Political reports of regional military enlistment offices in winter-spring 1944-1945.

The documents cite the facts of Banderists’ atrocities against civilians in the Ternopol, Chernovtsi, Stanislav and Rovno regions of Soviet Ukraine, their terror over the local population, the murders of entire families of representatives of local party and administrative bodies.

Political report of the head of the political department of the Ternopol Regional Military Commissariat “On the actions of Banderist gangs on the territory of the Ternopol region” dated May 22, 1945

The outrages and terror of the population by Banderist gangs did not stop even in the days of the agony of Hitler’s fascism. On the territory of the Ternopol region, as was reported by the head of the political department of the regional military enlistment office, “On May 6, 1945, in the village of Malye Chernokimtsy, the head of the Organisational Department of the District Committee of the CP/b Reva and the district department of public education inspector Vasilyev in the village council held a written undertaking to a loan. At 15:00, 3 bandits, disguised in women’s dresses, entered the village council, and commanded the representatives of the district committee of the CP/b/Y ‘Hands up’ when Reva reached for a revolver, and Vasilyev for a machine gun, the bandits immediately shot the latter at point-blank range.”

A terrible case is also given here, when the head of the NKVD district department of the Zalozhtsevsky district, state security lieutenant Kirichenko and his family accompanied by a group of employees of the NKVD district department was ambushed by Banderist gangs. Kirichenko has just taken his wife and two newborn babies from the Ternopol maternity hospital. As a result of the attack, an officer and one of the escorts were killed, two were wounded. “… And Kirichenko’s wife with two babies was taken to the forest and brutally tortured there, and the newborn babies were drowned in a puddle of water”.

Political report of the head of the political department of the Chernovtsi Regional Military Commissariat “On the actions of Banderist gangs on the territory of the Chernovtsi region”

Employees of party institutions and public organisations, together with their families, were subjected to particular terror of Banderist gangs. Thus, the head of the political department of the Chernovtsi Regional Military Commissariat reported that “bandits on the night of November 12 this year took and shot the chairman of the Onutovsky village council Kotik and his wife.”

Banderists seemed to be competing with each other in the cruelty of senseless murders of their compatriots. “In the village of Stanivtsy-Gorishche, Vashkovetsky district, bandits killed 2 people from local activists – Lopulenko V.G. and Melnichuk V.I., who on the second day, 10.01.1945, were thrown out on the road in a prominent place in order to intimidate local residents,” the head of the Chernovtsi Regional Military Commissariat reports. And continues: “In the village of Karapchiv, bandits on the night of 12.01. abducted several local residents, undressed them and threw 8 naked corpses on the road.”

Political report of the head of the political department of the Stanislav Regional Military Commissariat “On the actions of Banderist gangs in the region” dated December 25, 1944

There are no excuses for the outrageous cruelty of Banderist degenerates!.. According to the head of the political department of the Stanislav Regional Military Commissariat, Banderists killed 7 local residents in the village of Mikhalkuv, while the secretary of the Village council – a girl – was executed, before cutting off her nose, lips, and chest.

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It also says: “on the night of 27.11, Banderists in the number of up to 50 people attacked the village of Potochicka and massacred 38 people and three (from local Soviet activists) were hung. In the Rogatinsky district, on 11.12 in the village of Potok, Banderists killed 2 women whose sons were in a NKVD fighter battalion. After the massacre, the bandits forbade burying the dead.

The political report of the head of the political department of the Rovno Regional Military Commissariat “On the actions of Banderist and Bulba adhering gangs on the territory of the Rovno region” dated April 27, 1945

In the Rovno region in the spring of 1945, the few remaining gangs of Ukrainian nationalists moved “to terrorist actions not only against Soviet partisan activists, but also the population”. At the same time, it is clear from the examples given in the report that Banderists simply killed: completely absurd “reasons” for terror were often chosen by these degenerates. Thus, on the night of January 14-15, 1945, a kilometre from the Mezherichsky district centre, “a group of bandits in the number of 12 people came to a disabled person of the Patriotic War, killed his mother and sister for the fact that he, i.e. a disabled person of the Patriotic War, did not appear in the gang on their call.”

[SZ: Please note that at the time of publication the link to document #75 on the Russian Ministry of Defence’s website is dead, and thus cannot (for the time being) be seen in the above collection]

Act on the atrocities of Ukrainian nationalists in the village of Kosuv, Belobozhentsevsky district, Tarnopol region dated June 7, 1944

The commission investigating the atrocities of Banderists in the village of Kosuv found that “one kilometre north of the village of Kosuv in a field and two kilometres northwest of the same village, at the horse cemetery, there are two pits, the opening of which found corpses in the amount of about 100. A medical examination found that among the open corpses there are women, children and the elderly. Examination of the corpses showed that the citizens were killed without the use of firearms, after torture, namely by blows of heavy objects, resulting in fractures of the skulls, fractures of limbs, blows to the chest, etc.”.

“In one of the pits, the corpses were partially burned by fascist fiends.”

The act on the atrocities of Ukrainian nationalists/Banderists in the village of Mogilnitsa in the Budyonovsky district of the Tarnopol region dated June 7, 1944

Incredible inhuman cruelty was shown by Banderists in 1944 to the civilian population of the village of Mogilnitsa, a considerable part of which were Poles.

“On April 25, 1944, 4 pits with 34 human corpses were found in the forest near the village of Mogilnitsa, 2 pits with 12 human corpses were found in the village of Mogilnitsa, one pit with 11 human corpses was found at the horse cemetery and one pit with 38 human corpses in the forest south of the village of Mogilnitsa. In all the pits there are up to 100 corpses of men, women and children, brutally tortured citizens of the village of Mogilnitsa and its environs, as well as captured Red Army soldiers.”

“It has been established that during the German occupation of the village of Mogilnitsa on the night of March 17-18, 1944, a gang of Ukrainian-German nationalists committed the mass murder and robbery of citizens of the village of Mogilnitsa, mainly the Polish population.”

“A gang of murderers broke down doors and windows, broke into apartments, crushed, cut and killed people with an axe and knives, including young children, old men and old women, after which the corpses were loaded on carts, taken away and buried in pits. In order to hide their atrocities, some families were burned in sheds and the burnt corpses were buried in pits.”

“…Kashtarin Zbeshko – a child, 6 months old, a blow with a sharp chopping weapon (type of axe) is clearly visible on the spine of the corpse in the lumbar region. The corpse of the 6-month-old with a severed spine was folded in half and thrown into a pit.”

Political report of the Chief of the Main Political Directorate of the Red Army to the Central Committee of the CPSU(b) from November 13 , 1945

“…In September alone, bandits killed the chairmen of village councils in the villages of Yavorivka and Studinka of the Kalush district and the village of Khimchin of the Korshevsky district.

In the village of Temirovtsy of the Galich district, the chairman of the village council was hanged, and his wife and sister were shot.”

In the village of Kurinov in the same district, bandits hanged the son of a priest “for being Russian”.

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In the village of Kulba, Berezhansky district, Tarnopol region, on September 13, bandits hanged a pre-conscript Kashuk “for being the first in the village council to hand over bread to the state, despite the warning not to hand over bread.”

Political reports of the head of the Political Department of the Carpathian Military District “On the bandit actions of Ukrainian nationalists in the areas of deployment of the district’s troops”

The report notes many cases of reprisals against former bandits who turned themselves in and were amnestied.

“On September 11, at night, bandits surrounded the village of Basary in the Probezhnyansky district of the Tarnopol region and carried out a raid in order to identify their former accomplices who had turned themselves in. They caught the former bandit Velichko (nicknamed “Unbroken”) and immediately shot him, and his wife was brutally tortured.”

It follows from the document that the terror of Banderist bandits was often aimed at causing material damage to the state.

Thus, “in the Bolekhovsky district on October 6, a group of 40 bandits fired at a narrow-gauge locomotive, and then blew it up. In the Kalush district near the village of Tuzhilov on October 12, bandits burned a large wooden bridge with a length of 62 meters.

In the Kosovsky district on the night of October 11, bandits burned one of the best schools in the district – the Khimchinsky junior high school.”

But they were not going to refuse the human blood of the innocent either.

“In the village of Krichka, bandits forcibly took the demobilised senior sergeant Dmitrienko, a disabled person of the Patriotic War, three times an order bearer, away into the gang. Dmitrienko escaped from the bandits and took an active part in the liquidation of gangs. In September, bandits burned down his house, in which Dmitrienko’s mother and father, two sisters and three brothers were burned.”

“In the Vishnevetsky district in the village of Maly Kuninets on October 19, bandits killed 3 girls. One of them worked as a milk clerk, the second as a postwoman and the third as a canteen cleaner. The bandits cut off their hair, stabbed and scratched their faces with needles and committed a number of other mockeries.”

Part 2 can be found here


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