How Russian commanders planned atrocities


Sdwyschiwka. The Russian officer behind the truck was particularly important – it was obvious right away. Soldiers stationed behind the fences were scouting his security area, rifles were firing in all directions. Two attack helicopters hovered in the air, providing additional security for this man, General Alexander Chaiko.

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On that March day, he was escorting a convoy down Centralna Street from a school in the settlement of Zdvyshivka in northeastern Ukraine. The building served as the headquarters of the Russian officers and it was from here that Chaiko led the Russian attack on Kiev.

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While the general was accompanying the convoy, in the same village nearby, Russian soldiers shot three men in a garden, whom they interrogated and tortured. But her death was not the work of people who lost control of themselves during the brutal war. It was part of a strategic and organized pattern of violence against civilians, according to an investigation by the AP and PBS’ Frontline series.

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General Alexander Chaiko: Infamous worldwide for his brutality in Syria

Hundreds of people were beaten, tortured and executed in areas under the tight control of the Russians under General Chaiko.

Troops moving from Belarus toward Kiev were ordered to halt and destroy “nationalist resistance,” according to copies of Russian battle plans reviewed by London-based think tank Royal United Services Institute (Rusi). Using lists compiled by Russian intelligence, the troops carried out “mopping operations”, scouring areas to identify and neutralize anyone who might pose a threat.

A Syrian child examines the damage caused by an alleged airstrike by Russian warplanes at a truck warehouse near the Bab al-Hawa border crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border.

A Syrian child examines the damage caused by an alleged airstrike by Russian warplanes at a truck warehouse near the Bab al-Hawa border crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border.

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And the man in charge of that war front was Chaiko, world-famous for his brutality as the commander of Russian forces in Syria. “These orders were written at the Chaik level. So he would have seen them and signed them,” says Rusi researcher Jack Waitling, who gave the AP access to the battle plans.

Torture and killing on the slightest suspicion

While these orders were not necessarily illegal, they were often carried out in flagrant defiance of the laws of war during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Witnesses and survivors in Bucha, Ozera, Babynkai and Zdvyshivka — all areas under Chaik’s command — told the AP and Frontline that Russian soldiers tortured and killed people they suspected of collaborating with the Ukrainian military. These operations have intensified as precision attacks by Ukrainians on Russian positions have increased, according to interviews and videos.

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Phone conversations were also overheard in which soldiers told family members they had been told to deal with suspected informers.

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Chaiko must be brought before the International Court of Justice

Ukraine has charged Chaiko with broad charges of aggression, that is, an illegal war on its territory. More concrete evidence will be needed to bring him to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Prosecutors would have to prove that he played a key role in Russia’s illegal actions, or that he should have known what his troops were doing and could have stopped or punished their behavior.

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Currently, Chaiko continues to lead the troops and is again the commander of the Russian armed forces in Syria.

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