Leader and fighters of “Tornado” battalion charged with rape, torture and kidnapping


Ruslan Onishenko

June 18, 2015

(Originally published June 17, 2015)


Translated by Kristina Rus

The commander and 8 fighters from battalion “Tornado” have been detained for torture and rape of residents of Lugansk region

On June 17  the commander and eight fighters of the notorious so-called special purpose patrol service battalion “Tornado” have been detained.

This was reported to UNN agency in the Main military prosecutor’s office of Ukraine.

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Among the detainees — the commander and soldiers of “Tornado” company, who were previously repeatedly sentenced for serious crimes. Now the commander is suspected of organizing a criminal gang on the basis of police company for the purpose of committing such crimes as rape, torture, kidnapping of the inhabitants of the Lugansk region, who live on the territory controlled by Ukraine. These crimes have been recorded on cell phones of the soldier-suspects of “Tornado” company.

Criminal proceedings have been initiated under articles 255, 365, 146 of the Criminal code of Ukraine.

Also the Main military prosecutor’s office reported that the acting company commander refused to allow investigators to conduct searches of the territory of “Tornado” company.

Currently the commander of “Tornado” is under arrest.

“Tornado” is a gang created by the infamous Ruslan Onishchenko, nicknamed “Abelmas” — the criminal chief of Torez and former head of the disbanded for atrocities against the civilian population in Donbass, “Shakhtersk” battalion .

Earlier Onishchenko was in the headlines due to a leak from “Cyberberkut”, which published his promises that every fighter of his gang after victory will receive a kopanka [a small illegal coal mine] in Donbass and two slaves from among the local residents.

KR: Recent events in Ukraine indicate a coordinated attempt to draw a line between the current Kiev authorities and their faithful servants, notorious for their atrocities and embarrassing ideology, whose services are no longer required after a successful coup and a failed attempt to capture Donbass. Reports of their atrocities are getting harder to deny and  hide and don’t show the Kiev junta in a good light. Who wins in this battle between the moderate and the radical neo-Nazis remains to be seen.

But unfortunately what escapes common attention is that the sentiments expressed by these elements were the reason why Donbass rebelled (against it’s own annihilation).

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