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Pictured is the Russian soldier accused of castrating a Ukrainian POW in one of the most horrific war crimes of the entire Russian invasion.

He is believed to be a 39-year-old fighter from the pro-Vladimir Putin Luhansk armed group Bryanka-SSSR, another unit with a notorious reputation for violence and brutality. Members of the group are pictured proudly making the Nazi salute.

Ukrainian sources, including Mirotvorets, claim that the castrator comes from Kalmykia, a Russian region on the Caspian Sea. He is believed to have worked as a repairman in the regional capital, Elista, and has a criminal record in Russia for delinquent loans.

Ukrainian MP Inna Sovsun, who tweeted the sickening images, said the war crime should be punished. “Russia has to pay for it,” she said.

“Give Ukraine the weapons we need to end this nightmare once and for all. The world can’t pretend this isn’t happening.

Online sleuths quickly discovered his identity by watching the sickening video and matching his signature black hat, armband, uniform and insignia.

Russian soldier accused of castrating a Ukrainian POW on camera in one of the most horrific war crimes of the entire Russian invasion has been compared to a soldier featured in a June news report from Russian state media

He is believed to be a 39-year-old fighter of the pro-Vladimir Putin Luhansk armed group Bryanka-SSSR (Bryanka-USSR)

He is believed to be a 39-year-old fighter of the pro-Vladimir Putin Luhansk armed group Bryanka-SSSR (Bryanka-USSR)

He is believed to be a 39-year-old fighter of the pro-Vladimir Putin Luhansk armed group Bryanka-SSSR (Bryanka-USSR)

Ukrainian sources, including Mirotvorets, claim that the castrator comes from Kalmykia, a Russian region on the Caspian Sea.  He is believed to have worked as a repairman in the regional capital of Elista and has a criminal record in Russia related to loan arrears

Ukrainian sources, including Mirotvorets, claim that the castrator comes from Kalmykia, a Russian region on the Caspian Sea. He is believed to have worked as a repairman in the regional capital of Elista and has a criminal record in Russia related to loan arrears

Ukrainian sources, including Mirotvorets, claim that the castrator (presumably the man in the photo) comes from Kalmykia, a Russian region on the Caspian Sea.

Ukrainian sources, including Mirotvorets, claim that the castrator (presumably the man in the photo) comes from Kalmykia, a Russian region on the Caspian Sea.

He was recognized in a news report from the Russian state media in which the fighters of Luhansk and the fighters of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov checked the ruins of the Azot factory in Severodonetsk.

The horrifying footage in question, which MailOnline does not publish, shows a group of men in Russian camouflage pinning down a soldier in Ukrainian uniforms and using a knife to remove his genitals and then holding them in front of the camera.

Other videos showed Russian troops mocking him and appearing to call his wife. A video was released late last night showing the soldier being shot in the head before his body was dragged through the streets by a rope.

It is unclear when and where exactly the images were taken, but the perpetrators were featured in the state media report in June.

Shared on Russian social media, the sickening act was confirmed as real last night by Aric Toler of open source researchers Bellingcat, who have uncovered a number of crimes committed by the Russian state.

Toler said the images showed no signs of editing or manipulation. He suggested it was possible to identify the attacker by the same wide-brimmed hunter hat and armband, as well as the same uniform and badge he had worn in the Azot news story.

Outrage in Ukraine at the sight of one of their defenders mutilated and executed in such a way has been widespread in a country that has endured five months of Russian troops committing war crimes on their territory.

The satellite city of Bucha in Kiev made headlines worldwide in April when the withdrawn Russian troops left evidence or torture and summary executions against Ukrainian soldiers and the civilian population.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that deliberate campaigns of rape and assault were also carried out by Russian forces.

Ukrainian authorities have identified Russia’s 64th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade as the unit responsible for some of these atrocities.

Dead bodies lay strewn in the streets of Bucha, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, after Russian troops withdrew from the region in April

Dead bodies lay strewn in the streets of Bucha, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, after Russian troops withdrew from the region in April

They were later given honor guard status by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a move that suggested full support from the Russian state for their war crimes.

Bryanka-USSR, whose members carried out the castration, had built a similar reputation for violence, brutality and war crimes even before Putin’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The battalion commander, Dmitry Pindyurin, nicknamed “Lyuty” (“Ferocious”), was involved in shootings, looting, extortion and other criminal acts that terrorized the separatist region in 2015.

Around that time, the bodies of 17 victims were discovered in the town of Bryanka, near Alchevsk in the Lugansk region, believed to have been killed by members of the Bryanka-USSR group.

The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office said it was collecting documentation of more than 14,000 alleged Russian war crimes and had identified more than 600 suspects.

Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Eastern European director, said: “Those suspected of criminal responsibility for this horrific attack must be investigated.

“International law is clear: prisoners should not be subjected to any form of torture or ill-treatment. Their rights must be respected in accordance with the Geneva Convention.’

Outrage over the incident came as separatist authorities in Russian-occupied Donetsk accused Ukraine of shelling a prison colony, killing 53 inmates and injuring 75 others.

At least 40 Ukrainian POWs have died in a Russian detention camp (pictured today after the strike)

At least 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war have been killed in a Russian detention camp

Russian forces accused Kiev of attacking Olenivka prison in Donetsk at night using US-supplied HIMARS missile systems

Russian forces accused Kiev of attacking Olenivka prison in Donetsk at night using US-supplied HIMARS missile systems

The Kremlin's defense ministry said this morning that eight employees of the detention center were also injured

The Kremlin’s defense ministry said this morning that eight employees of the detention center were also injured

The separatists claimed that Ukrainian forces targeted the prison to punish troops who allegedly surrendered and testified against Ukraine. Images released by Russian state television show a prison cell with charred bunk beds.

Ukrainian military sources said Russian artillery fire hit the penitentiary in Olenivka.

Meanwhile, Kiev and Moscow blamed each other for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in a separatist-controlled area in the east of the country.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross have a duty to respond after the POWs were killed by shelling at a prison complex in Donetsk province.

“It was a deliberate Russian war crime, a deliberate mass murder of Ukrainian prisoners of war,” Zelenskyy said in a video address late Friday. “There must be clear legal recognition of Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.”

Both sides claimed that the attack on the prison was premeditated and intended to silence Ukrainian detainees and destroy evidence, including possible atrocities.

Russia alleged that the Ukrainian military used US-supplied precision missile launchers to shell the prison in Olenivka, a settlement controlled by the Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic.

However, the Ukrainian army denied any rocket or artillery attacks in Olenivka. It accused the Russians of shelling the prison to cover up the alleged torture and execution of Ukrainians there.

Separatist authorities and Russian officials said the attack killed 53 Ukrainian prisoners of war and injured another 75. The Russian defense ministry on Saturday released a list of the names of 48 Ukrainian fighters, ranging in age from 20 to 62, who died in the attack; it was not clear whether the ministry had revised the number of fatalities.

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