Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to spiral into a brutal morass of morality and righteousness, as the Kremlin’s desperate troops are forced to escalate their cruelty in order to remain productive militarily.
As Moscow’s men find themselves wholly outplayed on the battlefield, war crimes are becoming all the more common. International authorities are already investigating tens of thousands of incidents in Ukraine, and the latest admission from one of Russia’s whistleblowers could add a significant amount of evidence to the probe.
Konstantin Yefremov, the most senior Russian soldier to defect and speak out openly against the war, is now in hiding and spoke to ABC News from Mexico. He is currently seeking to apply for political asylum in the United States.
“I want that what I saw, what I was witness to, becomes known to society. So that the truth is uncovered,” Yefremov said.
“I know that at home there only awaits me, in the best case, a lengthy prison term and, in the worst, they’ll simply execute me,” he said. “But to hide at home and wait for them to come for you, that’s humiliating. And I can’t be silent any longer. I don’t want to be silent.”
The incidents in question were unholy, to say the least.
Yefremov said he was present when a drunken colonel began interrogating a young Ukrainian soldier who had admitted to being a sniper.
“They broke that prisoner’s nose, they knocked out his teeth,” said Yefremov. For more than a week, he said, the colonel tortured the Ukrainian POW everyday, subjecting him to a mock execution and threatening to rape him.
The threats were disgusting.
The colonel would “pull down his trousers and say to the other soldiers, ‘Bring a mop — now I’m going to put this mop into your rear. I’ll video it and send it to your girlfriend,'” Yefremov recalled.
At one point, Yefremov said the colonel shot the prisoner in the arm and leg, breaking the bone.
Yefremov also spoke of the rather significant dysfunction of the Russian military, stating that troops were so poorly supplied that they were forced to spend an inordinate amount of time hunting for food as opposed to fighting a war.