THE OBAMA administration keeps betting that Vladimir Putin is genuinely interested in a diplomatic settlement in Ukraine. The case of Nadiya Savchenko offers powerful evidence to the contrary.
Ms. Savchenko, 34, is a Ukrainian army officer who served with the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and later volunteered for a battalion that fought Russia’s invasion of her country’s eastern provinces in 2014. On June 17 of that year, she was captured by pro-Russian forces and transported across the border to Russia, where she “reportedly endured interrogations, solitary confinement, and forced ‘psychiatric evaluation,’ ” according to the State Department. Now she is being subjected to a classic show trial, in violation of international law as well as Russia’s commitments under what is known as the Minsk 2 cease-fire agreement with Ukraine.The Washington Post
Russia’s latest show trial
The Ukrainian freedom fighters and Russian version.
Lugansk Archpriest Vladimir Moretskiy, recently freed from Ukrainian captivity, related the conditions that he and his companions endured in captivity. According to the priest, they were brutally tortured.Fort Russ
"To say that they beat us would be saying nothing. They killed us. They shot us. They hit us not just with hands and feet, but with rifle butts and with anything at hand," said the liberated priest.
He added that Nadezhda Savchenko, who is currently under arrest in Russian Voronezh,"especially distinguished herself." "She personally threatened to turn over all of our group for organ-harvesting for the money. When the others didn't agree to hand over our bodies for organ-harvesting, she threatened to shoot us, not to waste the expense of delivering us to the SBU.
He added that "she personally was trying to destroy us in any way possible and personally took part in the sadistic outbursts, and beat us with various excuses. To the end of my days, I will never forget that voice of hers," said Archpriest Vladimir.
Savchenko threatened prisoners with having their organs harvested
TVZvezda, September 16, 2014
Translated from Russian by Tom Winter
In the first trial of a Ukrainian citizen for a military action, Russia is trying a Ukrainian officer for murdering two Russian journalists. Russia is showing that anyone involved in the murder of Russian citizens will be punished, while Savchenko’s followers want these crimes to go unpunished.
Nadezhda Savchenko was absent with leave when she went to the Donbass to fight ‘separatists’. She joined the neo-Nazi ‘Aidar’ battalion, which has committed atrocities vis a vis anti-fascist militia and civilians in the Donbass. Even Amnesty International, that turns a blind eye to many military offenses against opponents of the Kiev regime, has accused ‘Aidar’ of torture and reprisals against civilians. According to many witnesses, Savchenko took personal part in tortures of anti-fascist militias.Russia is trying Savchenko, accused of being spotter not for abusing the militia, but in the murder of Russian journalists.…
How is it that Savchenko was arrested in Russia? Pursued by the Donbass anti-fascist militia hundreds of Ukrainian militaries escaped to Russia, where a separate camp was organized for them.
All were returned to the Ukraine without problem, but Nadezhda Savchenko was identified as the spotter who helped organize the fire against civilians. It turned out that she was also involved in attacks on the Russian journalists who were killed.Russia Insider
Those who call for Nadezhda Savchenko to be freed are calling for massive terror against civilians. They want neo-Nazis to have the right to kill Russians. That’s what the struggle is about.…
Here’s All You Need to Know About the Nadia Savchenko Case