THE man suspected of directing Russia’s devastating bombing of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol has been identified as bloodthirsty Russian Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev.
Up to 90% of the city, which was home to 400,000 people before the war, has been destroyed or damaged after a month of heavy shelling Ukrainian authorities.
Referred to as the “Butcher of Mariupol”, Col Mizintsev is officially known as the Director of the Russian National Center for Defense Management.
Sergey Bratchuk, a spokesman for the Odessa military administration, accused the top military official of ordering several devastating strikes in Mariupol that killed hundreds of civilians.
“He ordered the bombing of a maternity hospital, a children’s hospital, a theater and apartment buildings,” Bratchuk wrote.
“It is he who is destroying Mariupol, as he used to do Syrian cities.”
Speaking about the siege of the city, Col Minitsev parroted the Kremlin’s line and blamed the “mass terror” in the city on Ukrainian “neo-Nazis” and “bandits”.
In a briefing by the Russian Defense Ministry, he called on the besieged residents of Mariupol to “lay down their arms.”
He continued: “A terrible human catastrophe has unfolded.
“All those who lay down their arms are guaranteed safe passage from Mariupol.”
However, the Ukrainian government claims attempts to set up humanitarian corridors out of the city have been disrupted by Russian military attacks.
Olexander Scherba, former Ukrainian ambassador to Austria, branded Colonel Mizintsev the “butcher of Mariupol” when he shared an intercepted audio clip with a junior officer.
A translation of the audio clip tweeted by Scherba shows Col Mizintsev condemning a soldier for not wearing his uniform, calling him “a scum of the highest order.”
He should say, “Why isn’t his face mutilated yet? Why didn’t anyone cut off his ears? Why doesn’t this idiot have a limp yet?
“At night when he goes out, unknown assailants jump on him. Just keep jumping on him, hit him in the face with a bottle and then pour another liter in.”
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Col Mizintsev previously orchestrated Russia’s involvement in the devastating Syrian civil war between 2015 and 2016.
As part of their effort to support Syria’s brutal President Bashar Al Assad, Russian forces conducted a series of airstrikes, including the siege of Aleppo that left 1,640 civilians dead.
As director of the Russian National Defense Center, Mzintsev most likely played a key role in the shelling of Aleppo.
In a single incident in April 2016, 53 people were killed in an airstrike on a hospital in the city.
Russian troops used cluster munitions and barrel bombs in built-up urban areas in Syria to inflict maximum civilian casualties.
Government forces have also reportedly dropped chlorine in Aleppo in a series of devastating gas attacks.
On April 7, 2018, a chemical weapons attack was carried out in the Syrian city of Douma, killing nearly 50 people and injuring well over 100.
The attack was blamed on the Russian-backed Syrian army, although both Syria and Russia accused the West of staging the attack as a “false flag”.
It is he who is destroying Mariupol as he used to destroy Syrian cities
Mariupol, a strategic port city in south-eastern Ukraine, has suffered near-continuous bombing and shelling since the Russian invasion began on February 24.
Apocalyptic drone footage shows the extent of the damage to the city, with one official describing it as reduced “to the ashes of a dead land”.
Dashcam footage shared on Twitter shows a desolate, devastated landscape, and eastern European news agency Visegrad writes: “Mariupol looks like a ghost town.”
Human Rights Watch has described conditions in the city as “a freezing hellscape full of dead bodies and destroyed buildings.”
In a Telegram post, Mariupol City Council said five of its six hospitals had been destroyed and 100 new patients needed treatment every day.
Doctors work by candlelight in the hospital’s basement, desperate to maintain the diesel generators they now rely on for complex surgeries.
Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of Ukraine’s Civil Liberties Center, has called on Colonel Mizintsev to stand trial for war crimes in The Hague.
“Think of him. This is Mikhail Mizintsev. He is leading the siege of Mariupol,” she tweeted on Wednesday.
“It was he who ordered the bombing of a children’s hospital, the theater and so on. He has a lot of experience in destroying cities in Syria.”
Nearly 100,000 residents of Mariupol are still trapped in the city’s ruins, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
In an address to his people on Wednesday, he accused Russian forces of detaining 15 humanitarian workers who were on their way to provide aid to the stricken city.
“Unfortunately, almost all of our efforts are being sabotaged by Russian occupiers [their] shelling or deliberate terror,” he said.
“Today one of the humanitarian convoys was seized by occupiers on an agreed route near Mangush.”
Faced with an “extremely difficult situation,” a doctor in Mariupol insisted she remains hopeful.
“I believe that Ukraine will win and we will return peace to our Mariupol,” Larysa said in an interview with the Council Telegram.
“Together we will begin to rebuild our hometown and our hospital. And we will restore everything.”
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