Captured Russian officer apologizes to Ukraine for ‘genocide’

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Captured Russian officer apologizes to Ukraine for 'genocide'

A Russian commander captured by Ukraine condemned Moscow’s “genocide” invasion – saying in a remarkable televised statement that the troops were duped into believing Kyiv had been overthrown by Nazis and needed liberating.

National Guard Lt. Col. Astakhov Dmitry Mikhailovich, who was captured along with two other soldiers, said that he had been told they were being sent to help Ukraine because it was “dominated by a fascist regime” and that “nationalists and Nazis had seized power.”

“Obviously, this information was unilateral information,” Mikhailovich told reporters in a video that emerged Monday.

A Russian commander captured by Ukraine condemned Moscow’s “genocide” invasion
National Guard Lt. Col. Astakhov Dmitry Mikhailovich said that the troops were duped into believing Kyiv had been overthrown by Nazis and needed liberating.
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Captured Russian soldiers answer questions of journalists during a press conference organised by Ukrainian Security Service in Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine, 05 March 2022.
The captive begged for “mercy” from Ukrainians.
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Captured Russian soldiers answer questions of journalists during a press conference organised by Ukrainian Security Service in Kyiv
Captured Russian soldiers answer questions of journalists during a press conference organized by Ukrainian Security Service in Kyiv.
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The lifeless body of a man killed in a Russian rocket attack lies amidst the debris, in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, Sunday, March 6, 2022.
The lifeless body of a man killed in a Russian rocket attack lies amidst the debris, Sunday, March 6, 2022.
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The captured Russian officer apologized to Ukraine.

The colonel said his doubts were further confirmed when he found out that his favorite boxers, Ukrainians Oleksandr Usyk and Vasiliy Lomachenko, planned to fight for the resistance.

The captive begged for “mercy” from Ukrainians and said he was ready to “go to jail” for taking part in the brutal offensive.

“I feel shame that we came to this country,” the colonel said. “I don’t know why we were doing it. We knew very little. We brought sorrow to this land.”

Captured Russian soldiers answer media questions at a press conference in the Interfax news agency in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 5, 2022.
Captured Russian soldiers answer media questions at a press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 5, 2022.
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A Russian commander captured by Ukraine condemned Moscow’s “genocide” invasion
National Guard Lt. Col. Astakhov Dmitry Mikhailovich and his comrades had been told they were being sent to help Ukraine because it was “dominated by a fascist regime.”
Channel 24
A Russian commander captured by Ukraine condemned Moscow’s “genocide” invasion – saying in a remarkable televised statement that the troops were duped into believing Kyiv had been overthrown by Nazis and needed liberating.
The POW also urged Ukraine to let Russian troops live.
Channel 24
A Russian commander captured by Ukraine condemned Moscow’s “genocide” invasion – saying in a remarkable televised statement that the troops were duped into believing Kyiv had been overthrown by Nazis and needed liberating.
National Guard Lt. Col. Astakhov Dmitry Mikhailovich was captured along with two other solders on Thursday.
Channel 24

Telling reporters that he was speaking freely, the high-ranking officer apologized to the Ukrainian citizens, who have come under direct fire by the invading forces.

“I cannot find the words to say sorry to the Ukrainian people,” Mikhailovich said, adding he would understand if Russia was never forgiven.

The POW also urged Ukraine to let Russian troops live.


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A woman takes a rest after crossing a destroyed bridge as she evacuates from the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, on March 7, 2022
A woman takes a rest after crossing a destroyed bridge as she evacuates from the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, on March 7, 2022
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People cross a destroyed bridge as they evacuate from the town of Irpin, on the only escape route used by local residents
People cross a destroyed bridge as they evacuate from the town of Irpin, on the only escape route used by local residents.
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Two bodies of civilians who were killed while attempting to flee the city
Two bodies of civilians who were killed while attempting to flee the city.
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A factory and a store burn after having been bombarded in Irpin
A factory and a store burn after having been bombarded in Irpin.
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“Many of them are just embarrassed. They do not want war,” the downcast man said.

“I just sincerely hope for your mercy toward those people who come to you with their hands up, or those who are wounded. We should not sow death — it’s better to sow life,” he said.

Mikhailovich urged his troops to “be brave” and oppose their commanders.

A Russian commander captured by Ukraine condemned Moscow’s “genocide” invasion – saying in a remarkable televised statement that the troops were duped into believing Kyiv had been overthrown by Nazis and needed liberating.
The captive said he was ready to “go to jail” for taking part in the brutal offensive.
Channel 24
A Russian commander captured by Ukraine condemned Moscow’s “genocide” invasion – saying in a remarkable televised statement that the troops were duped into believing Kyiv had been overthrown by Nazis and needed liberating.
National Guard Lt. Col. Astakhov Dmitry Mikhailovich urged his troops to “be brave” and oppose their commanders.
Channel 24
A Russian commander captured by Ukraine condemned Moscow’s “genocide” invasion – saying in a remarkable televised statement that the troops were duped into believing Kyiv had been overthrown by Nazis and needed liberating.
The troops were told “nationalists and Nazis had seized power.”
Channel 24
 a residential building damaged by shelling, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Mykolayiv, Ukraine, in this handout picture released March 7, 2022.
A residential building damaged by shelling in Mykolayiv, Ukraine, March 7, 2022.
Press service of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS

“You are in a tense situation, going against your own commander. But this is genocide,” he said. “Russia cannot win here anyway. Even if we go until the very end. We can invade the territory but we cannot invade the people.”

 

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