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A video shows fighters from the Russian Storm-Z squadron explaining that they will no longer fight in Ukraine, in protest of their treatment by their commanders, on June 28.Gulagu.net/Reuters

  • Russian soldiers face brutal punishments on the Ukrainian front lines, Verstka reported.

  • Soldiers claim that convicted soldiers abuse their comrades while commanders stay away from the front lines.

  • The outlet published videos that appeared to show naked soldiers being beaten and others tied to trees.

Russian soldiers are subjected to brutal extrajudicial punishments on the front lines in Ukraine, including being tied to trees for days, being forced to rape each other and being thrown naked into pits, according to a shocking article by Russian independent news outlet Verstka.

The outlet interviewed several Russian soldiers over three months, who described brutal conditions in which troops recruited into Russian prisons intimidate and abuse mobilized soldiers while commanders remain safely stationed away from the front lines.

“Our prisoners have completely lost their minds,” one soldier told Verstka, citing the lack of rotation on the front line and the increasing number of deaths as reasons for his anger.

The output obtained a video which appeared to show four naked men being beaten and verbally abused by military personnel and then forced into a dug pit.

Verstka reported that a soldier yelled at the naked victims: “What are you doing, you fucking dog? Don’t move, everyone stands up… And you run to the hole, whore, to copulate. Run, you fat bitch, whore.” “. “

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The soldier who shared the video with Verstka, Misha Maltsev, said this is a typical form of unofficial punishment for those who drink or use drugs while on duty.

He further stated that the surveillance troops “then force them to have sex. They sit and watch it. They laugh and urinate on them. As if they were watching television.”

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“This is hell,” said another Russian soldier. “They are killing each other. Ukrainians are killing each other. The orders are stupid. Everyone understands that you can’t succeed, but they send them to die anyway.”

Verstka also posted a video that appears to show an unidentified soldier tied to a tree.

Those who refuse to fight are also subject to brutal punishments, with Russian soldier Semyon Kiskorov telling the outlet they would be handcuffed or tied to trees for days and not allowed to eat or drink.

Kiskorov claimed this happened to him and his brother in November 2023 after they refused to carry out an assault.

Maltsev told Verstka that wounded soldiers are sewn up and sent back to fight, and that the bodies of their dead comrades are often left to rot around them.

The outlet noted that after speaking with them, Maltsev and his entire unit were killed in the village of Krynky, on the east bank of the Dnieper River, where Ukraine had established a bridgehead, in December 2023.

In a third video, two men appear to be beaten with clubs while machine guns are fired near their heads. Moans, screams and sounds of hitting people’s bodies are heard. “That’s it, forgive me,” shouts one of the “punished.”

Russian ‘Storm Z’ units

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Russian servicemen take part in military exercises at the Uspenovskyi training ground outside the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia, September 4, 2022.Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

The Russian military has suffered heavy casualties throughout the war, with some analysts describing the use of “human wave” tactics, which attempt to overwhelm Ukrainian positions by sending masses of soldiers on foot.

These soldiers are often poorly trained or poorly equipped, causing the death toll to rise.

Last year, the Kremlin created “Storm Z” units. Some of the troops in this force are convicted felons who go into combat in exchange for time off their sentences.

Ukraine has said that Storm Z shows extremely low combat capability, according to a press release translated by Pravada.

Soldiers of this group suffer from alcoholism, engage in looting and are prone to desertion, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said.

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