“They pass information to the Russians” – Corriere.it

from Lorenzo Cremonesi

Valuable allies for the Army, for the Ukrainians they are traitors to be punished in an exemplary way. The Kiev denunciation: 600 civilians in torture chambers in Kherson

From our correspondent
Kramatorsk (Donbass) — Per i russi the Ukrainians willing to cooperate are valuable alliesespecially after discovering to their own expense that even in the occupied areas a large part of the population remains hostile. They are the ones who indicate the sensitive targets to be hit with the artillery and they accompany the soldiers to the homes of politicians, policemen and soldiers to be arrested to stop any internal resistance in the bud.

Ma for the Ukrainians they remain spies, informers, in short, dangerous collaborators to be put out of action as soon as possible: the logic is that of “hitting one to educate a hundred”, exemplary punishments serve as a deterrent, especially in these uncertain days when the protracted fighting feeds collective fears and fragility. President Zelensky continues to insist on the need for Western aid to guarantee “the clear military victory on the ground”. Even where there is currently no fight, the reports of horrors do not stop. “According to our information – said the permanent representative of the Ukrainian presidency in Crimea, Tamila Tacheva – about 600 people are held in cellars in the Kherson region», Where they are kept« in inhumane conditions e they are victims of torture».

The fifth internal columns must be annihilated. Not surprisingly, yesterday morning the Kramatorsk police were happy to spread on social networks the images of their agents who had just captured a collaborator in nearby Sloviansk, on the road used by the troops engaged in the crucial battle for Severodonetsk. “It seems he was a spy, a pensioner who handed over the positions of our artillery to the Russians,” say the soldiers who shop in the supermarket on the main square of Kramatorsk.

Il constant roar of battle, here a few kilometers from the eastern outskirts, increases the urgency. “No doubt the enemy spies lurk among the pro-Russian families, who are more numerous in the Donbass than elsewhere. This has been a known situation since the 2014 war, when we knew that there were some areas both rural and urban where those in favor of Moscow could exceed 60 percent of the inhabitants, ”explains Alexey Iakovlenko, a 47-year-old doctor and spokesperson for the local military hospital. Who, however, is quick to clarify: “Since then things have changed rapidly, we estimate that the pro-Putins have now fallen below 10 percent even in the most marginal areas, without a doubt the brutality of the war unleashed on February 24 contributed to the turning point ». The issue is delicate and at the same time embarrassing for the Kiev government. According to the state attorney general, Irina Venediktova, over 700 cases have been opened by the judicial authorities for “high treason”, to which are added similar numbers for “collaborationism”. In all, around 1,500 people face long prison sentences.

One of the first cases was Oleksandr Kharchenko, the 39-year-old mayor of the municipality of Dymer, north of Kiev, who in the initial days of the invasion invited the population to collaborate with Russian troops and not to listen to the “hostile” versions of the national media. This was followed by that of Gennady Matsegora, mayor of Kupyansk, in the southern region of Kherson, who not only offered to cooperate with the occupiers, but also gave them food and fuel, facilitating the advance towards Odessa, later blocked by the Ukrainian resistance near Mykolaiv.

But the phenomenon of collaborationism is more treacherous and lacerating. We had the clear perception of this by listening to the story of a thirty-year-old resident in a village taken by the Russians north of Mariupol in early May at the displaced person center in Zaporizhzhia, which she risked being shot on the spot when a local spy revealed to intelligence that she is the wife of a senior Ukrainian officer (from which he divorced two years ago) wounded during the battle for Kharkiv. “Whistleblowers are unscrupulous criminals, the scum of the Earth. Many do it for money, to seize property of their victims, or to obtain privileges from Moscow. They must be eliminated without mercy ». As if that weren’t enough, Mariupol fears a cholera epidemic due to contaminated water and not buried corpses.

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June 7, 2022 (change June 7, 2022 | 21:52)


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