02:15 | 22/03/2022 Print
|Ukrainian doctor (right) tells TV interviewer he has ordered his staff to CASTRATE Russian soldiers because they are 'cockroaches'|
Russian soldiers captured by a Ukrainian volunteer medical unit will all be castrated, its founder and commander told national television on Sunday.
The shocking confession came from Gennadiy Druzenko, a constitutional lawyer turned volunteer frontline doctor in Ukraine. Speaking to Ukrainian media in a live interview, he condemned the United States for its reluctance to go to war with Russia on Ukraine’s behalf, before commenting on the Russian military.
Druzenko said that during the conflict he departed from the principle that a wounded enemy combatant should be treated like an ordinary patient.
Gennadiy Druzenko, 49, told Ukraine-24 about his alleged order, but it is unclear if it was bravado or a genuine order that would break the Geneva Conventions.
*Video Gennady Druzenko, a lawyer, Maidan activist, head of the ‘Mobile Hospital’ project”, says the order was given to castrate wounded Russian soldiers:
Discussing captured injured Russian soldiers, Druzenko said: 'I have always been a great humanist and said that if a man is wounded, he is no longer an enemy but a patient.
'But now [I gave] very strict orders to castrate all [captured Russian] men, because they are cockroaches, not people.'
|Gennadiy Druzenko, 49, pictured told Ukraine-24 channel about Russian military prisoners of war|
Gennady Druzenko, the head of Ukraine's volunteer project Mobile Hospital, who promised to forcibly castrate the wounded Russian military men, retracted his words, SHOT Telegram channel says.
According to Druzenko, it was his emotions that prompted him to call for violence against the Russian military. His hospital doctors have never castrated Russian soldiers, he said.
He said he was taking it back. "I'm sorry. We save lives. Period,” Druzenko wrote.
On March 20, Druzenko said on live TV broadcast that Ukrainian doctors were ready to castrate Russian POWs. He said that he considered the Russian military cockroaches, not human beings.
|Druzenko apologised for his words|
Druzenko apologised for his words after the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed to open a criminal case against the Ukrainian doctor. Bastrykin instructed to establish Druzenko's whereabouts and bring him to justice.
|Druzenko is closely tied to the US government. He's had stints at USAID/Chemonics and the Wilson Center.|
March 21, YouTube blocked the entire livestream included the interview, after it drew public attention.
Russia has launched a criminal investigation into the threats of Druzenko.
Druzenko heads the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital, a unit of civilian medics that has been providing services to Ukrainian troops since 2014, when post-coup authorities in Kiev sent the Ukrainian military to quash a rebellion in eastern Ukraine. He is an acclaimed figure at home and has received numerous awards for his work from the Defense Ministry and the National Security Council, RT reported.
Druzenko is fluent in English and has been readily speaking to CNN and the New York Post about the work.
Before the conflict, Druzenko undertook several stints at various Western institutions, serving as regional director for a USAID-funded project in Ukraine in the early 2010s, according to his CV. He also worked as a researcher at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in the US, from 2009 to 2010, and at the Max Planck Institute, in Germany, in 2010.
He also touted his long experience fighting for the Ukrainian cause, saying that, since 2014, “the enemy has not changed and the means of war have not changed.”
The chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed to initiate a criminal case against the Ukrainian doctor Gennady Druzenko, who called for violence against captured Russian soldiers. This was reported on March 21 in the Telegram channel of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.
"Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin instructed to immediately open a criminal case and give a procedural assessment of Druzenko's actions," the report says.
It is noted that in order to establish the location of the doctor, the issue of declaring him on the international wanted list will be resolved, according to Regnum.ru.
The UK stressed that Druzenko took a position that is contrary to the law and runs counter to the norms of medical ethics.
The press service of the hospital, meanwhile, noted that the doctor's statement was due to threats against himself and his family, according to m24.ru.
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