A Russian soldier who defected to the West says Moscow forces appeared to have “Rambo syndrome” as they raped and looted in Ukraine.
Nikita Chibrin, 27, recounted a horrific case where four of her fellow invaders raped a mother and daughter in the Ukrainian town of Andriivka.
Now seeking political asylum in Spain after four months in Ukraine, he is ready to lift the lid on his time fighting in Vladimir Putin’s army before an international tribunal.
Nikita Chibrin (photo), 27, left the Russian army for the west. He has now told how Putin’s forces appeared to have ‘Rambo syndrome’ as they raped and looted in Ukraine
Chibrin served under notorious commander Azatbek Omurbekov (pictured) whose troops have been blamed for massacres and rapes of women and girls around Bucha
Chibrin served under notorious commander Azatbek Omurbekov whose troops were blamed for the massacres and rapes of women and girls around Bucha.
Bucha’s atrocities were uncovered in April after Russian forces withdrew from the region surrounding Kyiv, failing to capture the Ukrainian capital and overthrow the government. Mass graves were found and bodies littered the streets.
Putin then promoted Omurbekov from lieutenant colonel to full colonel. He was nicknamed the “Butcher of Bucha” for the actions of his troops in the city.
Ukraine has specifically identified members of its 64th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade as responsible for killings.
“They went crazy,” Chibrin said of Russian troops under Omurbekov’s command. “They said, ‘We have the power, we have the tanks, we have infantry fighting vehicles, weapons,’ etc.
“Rambo syndrome” was on, he said.
Pictured: Policemen work on the identification process after the killing of civilians in Bucha, before sending the bodies to the morgue on the outskirts of Kyiv on April 6. The atrocities in Bucha were uncovered in April after Russian forces withdrew from the surrounding Kyiv region, failing to capture the Ukrainian capital and overthrow the government
In addition to the rapes, Chibrin said soldiers in the unit looted homes for valuables. “They stole home decorations and mobile devices,” he said.
He told Russian media Insider: “They were going crazy over it.
“Many have found alcohol in [Ukrainian] houses and drunk. There was a case in Andriivka where a mother and her daughter were raped. Four men did it.
He denied that the sexual violence had been approved by the soldiers’ immediate superiors, but said troops seen as opposed to Putin’s invasion constantly feared physical and psychological pressure.
‘A [rapist] fled and the rest were beaten by fellow soldiers and commanders using stools,” he said. ‘They wanted to shoot them [for committing the atrocity].
“They couldn’t be charged because there was no evidence, so they were just fired. [from the army].’
He blamed Russian barbarism on poor conditions and bullying.
Nikita Chibrin is pictured in military gear while holding a cat for the camera while fighting in Ukraine. He is currently in Spain after defecting from the Russian army
Pictured: Chibrin’s military ID can be seen in this photo
“People weren’t in the normal world for a long time,” he said. “They didn’t have normal conditions.
“The Ukrainian army showed images of one of their trenches, where everything was human: shelter, rain protection, normal beds and electricity.
“Ukraine treats its soldiers much better,” he said.
Those who did not approve of Putin’s invasion or were suspected of seeking capture by the Ukrainians were subjected to “physical and psychological pressure”.
“Everyone was intimidated by the idea of cutting off their penis or balls or doing anything else,” Chibrin said. They were also threatened with being shot, he said.
Chibrin claims to have fled to Russia in a food truck. He said he pretended to go crazy at the front so he could be fired.
“For them, I am a traitor to the fatherland,” he said. ‘What did I have to do? Go to war and kill Ukrainian civilians? Go to jail? There is only a third option left: to leave.’
He arrived in Madrid on November 15 and requested asylum.
Speaking to Russian human rights group gulagu.net, he denied seeing first-hand evidence of torture, rape and murder – including some of Omurbekov’s men from the 64th Rifle Brigade vehicles of the separate guard were charged.
But he was based 30 miles from Kyiv in Lypivka when the execution of civilians was taking place in Bucha. He said there were “widespread rumours” that soldiers were saying it was happening.
Now he is eager to testify in an international court about his time in Ukraine.
“I have nothing to hide,” he said, according to The Guardian. “It’s a criminal war that has begun. I want to do everything I can to make it stop. He said he never “once” fired a shot during his fight time.
Chibrin fled the Russian army, seeking help from exiled gulagu.net leader Vladimir Osechkin. It was Osechkin who revealed the last defectors from Putin’s military and police complex. He appealed for others to follow and tell their secrets to Western countries.
A Ukrainian serviceman stands among destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, April 6
Chibrin is not the only Russian soldier to have fled to the West and lifted the lid on the conditions of Putin’s armies and the atrocities they are committing in Ukraine.
Pavel Filatyev, a member of an alleged ‘elite’ parachute regiment that stormed the southern port city of Kherson in February when the first Russian troops entered Ukraine on orders from the Russian president, spoke in august.
He said his unit’s mission, launched from Russian-occupied Crimea, was plagued with problems before it even began.
Filatyev fucking in a 141-page “ZOV” memoir about how his unit was starved, had little tactical training and no knowledge of the progress of the war.
He said his comrades were given rusty guns to fight in and were forced to loot Ukrainian supermarkets for food. He also spoke of members of his unit looting items such as laptops.
On September 6, Filatyev would be in Paris. Speaking to CBS News, he said: “Russia has been captured by some kind of mafia. Commanders, our government has used its army, misleading it.