Now they accuse the Ukrainian military of mistreatment.
Russian POWs who returned to Russia tell reporters about “Nazism” in Ukraine and their alleged mistreatment by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Corresponding videos appeared in social networks.
For example, the Russian occupier Vyacheslav Starostin said that he was beaten, kept in the basement and rarely fed. He says he lost 10 kilograms in captivity.
“Fascism is present in Ukraine. May God give strength and health to return and fight them to the very end,” he told Russian journalists.
Earlier, he gave an interview to journalist Vladmir Zolkin, in which he urged his fellow citizens not to go to war in Ukraine.
“There is no Nazism here, no Nazism. You don’t have to come here to fight,” Starostin said.
Occupier Konstantin Leontyev said that Ukrainian servicemen allegedly forced him to say “many things” on camera.
“They fed me twice a day: they gave me two or three spoons of porridge, they constantly insulted me. We bathed once a month. There were no conditions, it was very difficult. They didn’t let me call home,” he told propagandists.
At the same time, fragments of his interview with Zolkin were published on the Internet, in which the soldier talks about good nutrition and the human attitude towards him in Ukrainian captivity.
The words that he was not allowed to call home are refuted by a video in which he communicates via video link with a girl.
“Listen to me. I’ll just tell you that here the eyes open differently,” he tells her.
Exchange of prisoners of war with Russia
As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 21, a large-scale exchange of prisoners took place. 215 heroes were returned to Ukraine, including 124 officers.
The five most famous commanders are Hero of Ukraine Denis Prokopenko “Redis” from “Azov”, Sergiy Volynsky “Volyn” from the 36th Marine Brigade, Svyatoslav Palamar (“Azov”), Oleg Khomenko (“Azov”), Denis Shlegu from the National Guard , Hero of Ukraine Yevgeny Bov.
Also known to many Ukrainians, Ekaterina Polishchuk (“Bird”) and pregnant Mamonova Maryana, Shumovetskaya Yana and Anastasia Chernenkaya returned home.
As you know, 200 Ukrainian defenders were exchanged for Viktor Medvedchuk, and 5 commanders – for 55 invaders. Now they are in Turkey.
Also, 10 foreign defenders of Ukraine returned from captivity – five British citizens, two US citizens and one each from Sweden, Croatia and Morocco.
President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that officers, commanders, prisoners from Azovstal and foreigners could face a second Yelenovka or a demonstration trial.
In addition, the president was assured that the big exchange had nothing to do with the issue of peace negotiations with the aggressor country.