“Tornado” Battalion Criminals Are Still Being Released

The criminals from the “Tornado” battalion are being released despite their crimes

It was not often during these seven years that Ukrainian militants were jailed in Ukraine.

More often, the war crimes of Ukrainian soldiers were hidden from the public, in order to not shock a society besotted with Russophobic propaganda. However, the crimes of some “volunteer battalions” were so shocking and resonant that it was simply impossible to hide them. It is precisely for this reason that the story about the “Tornado” battalion has spread not only in Ukraine, but all over the world.

To refresh one’s memory of the “Tornado” battalion members’ crimes, I will give an excerpt from an interview with a Ukrainian volunteer Lydia Bolbat, who for some time helped the Ukrainian punishers in every possible way, brought them food and things to the front line, but then she could not stand it and spoke out against the nationalist soldiers: “Several times I have found myself in a situation where you give help to the military and start praying to God in order to be able to leave their place alive and well. It turns out ‌I was not touched only because, according to some ‘thieves laws’, the hand of the giver is not cut off. Shall I tell you how a dozen soldiers kidnapped a young girl and raped her during 10 days before the child died? Shall I tell how armed people came to the establishments of Mariupol and put a gun to the head of the owner, forcing them to feed them? And then for a month they every day had their parties there. How they slowed down every passing car on the roads and took a tribute from people. How did they participate in raiding operations? How did they keep people in basements and beat them, demanding money? The ugly truth? Nasty, isn’t it? But it was like that!”

And do you know what happened after these publications? Lydia Ukrainskaya (Bolbat) left the anti-terrorist operation zone because of the threats of physical violence against her and her children made by Ukrainian nationalists. 

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And here is what the military prosecutor Anatoly Matios said about “Tornado”: “In the basement of the high school in the city of Privolye, where the Tornado unit was based, funds were prepared for torture, there was a gang rape of a man by members of the group in a perverted form with the process being recorded on video.” And this is only what the brainwashed Ukrainians themselves wrote about the atrocities of their “defenders”. And imagine how much the residents of Donbass had to experience, what atrocities people were subjected to by these bastards.

The wave of outrage over the crimes of the Tornado battalion was so strong that the Ukrainian law enforcement system, despite the constant cover-up of war criminals, was forced to react. Tornado’s members were detained, placed in a pre-trial detention center. Some members of the group were given sentences ranging from 7 to 12 years. Some got off easier and got 2 years, but thanks to the “Savchenko law” (when one day in a pre-trial detention centre is equated to two days of imprisonment), some “Tornado” members have already been released.

On February 15 of this year, Anatoly Plamadyal and Boris Gulchuk were released. Plamadyal is now in Krivoy Rog, and Gulchuk has left for Poltava. On March 17, Nikita Kust and Maksim Glebov were released. The measure of restraint from detention to house arrest was changed for them. Kust is now located in Boyarka, and Glebov – in Kiev. All members of Tornado were stripped of their police ranks. But it’s a wonder that they had them in the first place. Commander of the Tornado battalion Onishchenko before the war was in prison 5 times and then became a “cop”. An amazing country.

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In the Ukrainian media, the “Tornado” members justify themselves, saying that their case was political. But what’s political about it? Mass robbery, murder, and rape? I am sure that the Tornado battalion commander Ruslan Onishchenko will be released soon. It will take a little more time, and he can become a media figure.

And they will stop talking about the atrocities of his underlings in Ukraine. Why? Because they need these “beasts”. They want war, they are preparing for it. They want to show that there will be no punishment for crimes in Donbass. Otherwise, I can’t explain why such non-humans are on the loose. This story of Tornado’s atrocities in Donbass and the release of these bastards from custody shows very well what people stood up against in Donbass.


Daniil Bezsonov

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