A BRUTAL gang known as the “Monsters of Motyzhyn” accused of forcing a mother to watch her son shot and torturing civilians has been officially identified.
The group of eight Russian soldiers, including three from private military group Wagner, are believed to be responsible for at least 14 war crimes in Ukraine.
Only three people survived their sadistic torture of civilians.
Russian troops occupying Motyzhyn, 30 miles west of Kyiv, tried to enlist the support of local officials and butchered them when they refused to cooperate, neighbors said in April.
Mayor Olga Sucheko, her husband Igor and their son Alexander were reportedly kidnapped on March 23.
Their fate was unknown until April, when their bodies were found in a shallow grave behind houses that Russian soldiers had used as makeshift barracks.
A fourth body was also found but has not yet been identified.
The Russian soldiers allegedly responsible were named by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova in a Facebook post and by the Security Service of Ukraine.
Venediktova said: “Prosecutors of Kyiv Oblast and Kyiv-Sviatoshyn District and the Security Service of Ukraine have identified those responsible for the atrocities committed in Motyzhyn:
- Senior Lieutenant Oleg Krikunov – platoon commander of the 37th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Separate Guards of the 36th Combined Arms Army;
- Sergeant Chingis Gonchikov – branch commander, commander of combat vehicles of the 37th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade, 36th Combined Arms Army;
- Sergeant Alexandr Vanchikov – Divisional Commander, 37th Motorized Rifle Brigade, Separate Guards, 36th Combined Arms Army;
- Sergeant Magomedmirza Suleymanov – Combat Vehicle Commander, 37th Motorized Rifle Brigade, Separate Guards, 36th Combined Arms Army;
- Senior Lieutenant Vitaliy Dmitriev – platoon leader of the 37th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Separate Guards of the 36th Combined Arms Army;
- Sergey Sazanov – Wagner mercenary;
- Sergey Sazonov – driver of the command vehicle of the Wagner group;
- Aleksandr Stupnitskiy – Reconnaissance and Communications Officer of the 1st Reconnaissance and Assault Platoon of the 1st Reconnaissance and Assault Company, Wagner Group.
An investigation revealed that the Russian occupiers kidnapped Olha Sucheko, her husband and their son in March this year.
According to the Prosecutor General, Olha and her family were tortured at a Russian base when Russian soldiers tried to find out information about the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Territorial Defense Forces.
Venediktova said: “First they shot the son’s leg right in front of his mother, then they killed him by shooting him in the head.
“The whole family died from multiple gunshot wounds.
“Think of the reason for another murder: One of her victims was shot in the head just for wearing black.
“Your father was captured and held blindfolded and with his hands tied behind his back in an outbuilding with virtually no food or water.”
The investigation also revealed that two volunteers who tried to bring humanitarian aid to Motyzhyn residents were also arrested.
After being interrogated and tortured, they were taken to the nearby forest and shot – one of them survived the ordeal.
The suspects are also said to have tortured two members of the civil society organization Patriot to death; Their bodies had multiple penetrating gunshot wounds.
The Russian soldiers tied another of their victims to an ATV and forced him to follow the vehicle for almost a kilometer.
The same man was also interrogated, beaten and threatened with death.
He had to spend several days in a sewer pit.
Venediktova also said the suspects also shelled and set fire to civilian homes and stole people’s cellphones.
Earlier this month, the first Russian soldier to be charged with war crimes was brought to trial.
Sergeant Vadim Shyshimarin, 21, is accused of executing a 62-year-old Ukrainian through an open car window in the northeastern village of Chupachivka in the first week of the war.
Venediktova’s office said it is investigating more than 10,700 potential war crimes involving more than 600 suspects – including Russian soldiers and government officials.
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