Captured soldiers will die en masse at the hands of his doctors, he warns in an interview
Russian soldiers captured by a Ukrainian volunteer medical unit will all be castrated, its founder and commander told national television on Sunday. The combat medic, whose volunteer team has been described as “Medical Angels” by Western media, said “cockroaches” do not deserve the right to procreate.
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.
“Believe me, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s military hardware is burning well. The corpses of “putinoids” may stink, but they become harmless”, he said.
Druzenko said that during the conflict he departed from the principle that a wounded enemy combatant should be treated like an ordinary patient.
I gave my doctors… a very strict order to castrate all men, because they are cockroaches and not people.
He further implied that, in the hands of his unit, Russian prisoners of war “will die in great numbers” for surviving Russians to remember Ukraine with terror “as the Germans remembered Stalingrad.”
At this point, the host cut the interview short, stating that the Russian soldiers would be “held responsible”. His co-host reminded the audience that Russia is under investigation for alleged war crimes in Ukraine.
On Monday, YouTube blocked the entire live stream segment, which included the interview, after it came to public attention.
Russia has opened a criminal investigation into the threats.
Druzenko heads the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital, a unit of civilian doctors that has provided services to Ukrainian troops since 2014, when post-coup authorities in Kyiv sent in the Ukrainian military to quell a rebellion in eastern Kyiv. Ukraine. He is an acclaimed figure at home and has received numerous awards for his work from the Department of Defense and the National Security Council.
A darling of Western media amid Russia’s attack on his country, Druzenko is fluent in English and willingly speaks to CNN and the New York Post about the work of what those outlets have dubbed the “medical angels”.
As Ukrainian civilians join the fight, well-known intellectual Gennadiy Druzenko has called in a corps of ambulances. Our conversation, from today’s GPS: pic.twitter.com/lQh98Xo2BR
— Fareed Zakaria (@FareedZakaria) March 13, 2022
Prior to the conflict, Druzenko had several stints at various Western institutions, serving as regional director for a USAID-funded project in Ukraine in the early 2010s, according to his resume. He also worked as a researcher at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, United States, from 2009 to 2010, and at the Max Planck Institute, Germany, in 2010.
During his interview with Ukrainian television, Druzenko admitted that his unit had a “military wing” composed of former commandos, and that his team was jokingly called “First Voluntary Mobile Storm Unit” because of that.
“We process ours and turn theirs into fertilizer. Unwelcome guests were never loved on this floor,” he said. He claimed that the Americans told him they were jealous of Ukraine because they were “Afraid to fight against the Russians and we are not.”
He also touted his long experience fighting for the Ukrainian cause, saying that since 2014, “the enemy has not changed and the means of warfare have not changed.”
Earlier in March, Amnesty International called on the Ukrainian government to protect Russian prisoners of war from public humiliation, as required by the Third Geneva Convention. His statement was released in response to numerous videos of prisoners on social media and Kyiv’s policy of bringing them to press conferences to talk about their role in the Russian offensive and to plead with their families back home. not to support her.
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