Kyiv, June 6, 2015. Russia-backed militants in eastern Ukraine have captured a soldier of the 28th Mechanized Brigade of Ukrainian Armed Forces Roman Mashchenko who made a series of announcements regarding the fighting near Maryinka on June 3-4, which reiterated messages of the Russian media. Mashchenko was talking “under extreme duress and threats of being tortured”.
A young Ukrainian soldier taken captive by Kremlin-backed militants during the attack on Marinka asserted at a militant-organized press conference that the Ukrainian military were behind the attack and that in it they lost 200 men. The problem was not only that this diverged radically from reports issued by the OSCE monitors, but it was also quite different from what the young man was recorded as having said immediately after being taken prisoner.
One of the Russian spetsnaz officers captured in Ukraine stated recently that you can get any confession out of a person through torture, but that he was not giving any information that would need to be wrenched out of him.
That was not so in the case of Roman Mashchenko from the 28th infantry brigade who was taken prisoner by militants from the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ on June 3-4.
Those who initiated an attack on Marinka or heavy fighting in the area would be in direct breach of the Minsk Accords just days before a G7 summit expected to discuss the sanctions against Russia over its role in eastern Ukraine. They therefore had a direct interest in public ‘admission’ of the other side’s responsibility and supposed losses.
Enough to torture for.
Two ‘interviews’ were taken of the captured soldier, though it was almost certainly a bleep that both ended up posted on the Internet. The propaganda video, in the presence of Russian media, showed Roman Mashchenko with a wooden face stating that the Ukrainian side had lost 200 soldiers in the fighting and that the Ukrainian military had brought his 28th infantry brigade and five battalions, including Chechen and Georgian mercenaries to the town.