Mercenaries fighting for Putin confess to killing women and children
In a chilling confession, two men claiming to be Russian unit commanders from the Wagner mercenary group have admitted to executing children, women and pensioners in Vladimir Putin's war with Ukraine.
The disturbing videos reveal the pair recounting the alleged executions of more than 20 Ukrainian children and teenagers and the blowing up of a pit where over 50 wounded Ukrainian prisoners had been dumped, Daily Times reported.
Russian Convicts Turned Wagner Soldiers
The two commanders claim they were enlisted convicts pardoned by Putin after completing six months with Wagner. They allege that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of Wagner and nicknamed Putin's "chef," personally ordered executions and murders.
While acting on orders, the pair admit to killing everyone – women, men, pensioners and children.
Atrocities in Soledar and Bakhmut
The commanders describe grotesque atrocities in Soledar and Bakhmut, with Wagner heavily involved in Russia's attempts to seize control. They were given the command to "clean up" and destroy everyone.
One of the commanders, Azamat Uldarov, admits to killing a 5-year-old child by order, shooting her in the head.
The other commander, Alexei Savichev, knew of at least 70 executions of Russians by Russians for refusing to fight or murder civilians. Civilians were ordered to be shot if they were 15 or older.
The two men confessing are reportedly in Russia, putting them in jeopardy of jail or worse. In November, Russian inmate-turned-Wagner fighter Yevgeny Nuzhin, who changed sides in the Ukraine war, was executed with a sledgehammer.
Prigozhin described Nuzhin as a traitor, with the close ally of Putin saying a "dog receives a dog's death." A second Wagner deserter, Dmitry Yakushchenko, met the same fate in February.
Vladimir Osechkin, head of the human rights group Gulagu, believes the chilling details of the executions and murders amount to compelling evidence of war crimes, including the killing of war refuseniks and the "cleansing" of residential buildings.
Savichev confesses that in Bakhmut, he was ordered to throw grenades into a hole full of wounded and dead and then burn the bodies with gasoline and diesel.
The dead were Russian and Ukrainian. He estimates about 70 people were shot.
Uldarov's Motives for Speaking Out
Uldarov wants Russia and other states to know the truth and stop the war and bloodshed. He admits to participating in a massacre of civilians on March 18 in Bakhmut, where around 300 people, including 40 children, were killed.
The order came down from Prigozhin, who instructed them not to take prisoners.
Prigozhin labels Osechkin a "maniac and degenerate" and denies shooting children or civilians, claiming they went to Ukraine to save them from the regime they were under.
He calls the accusations a "gross lie" and insists that one of those allegedly killed by the ex-unit commanders is still alive.
These confessions from the two Wagner mercenaries are not the first time horrific Russian war crimes have been reported. Within the first month of the war, reports came out of Ukraine of Russian soldiers executing civilians, with Kyiv accusing Moscow of genocide.