Witness to evil: a soldier’s trauma after dealing with Motorola

Aidar member Bohdan Barinov in dark glasses

Aidar member Bohdan Barinov in dark glasses 

2015/05/25 • Stories from the Front

“I was collecting heads and hands and the insides of my brothers in arms”

It is not uncommon to find reports in the mass media about Ukrainian soldiers abusing alcohol, especially from the complaints of those who live in that territory of Donbas closest to the front lines. Often there is a good explanation for this bad habit, and the reason is usually because a soldier cannot come to terms with what he has experienced in war.

Take, for example, a member of Aidar, Bohdan Barinov, who spent a month in a drunken stupor. As reported by Patrioty Ukraine, with information also provided by other Ukrainian press, he was self-medicating in order to forget his experience of collecting the body parts and insides of his brothers in arms, killed and dismembered by the terrorists.

In the town of Schastia, during a televised forum on the subject, Ukrainian soldiers shared their experiences during the war in Donbas. One of the participants was a reservist with Battalion Aidar, Bohdan Barinov, also known as Bodia Bieshiennyi (wearing dark glasses in the photo.) He explained what happened shortly after the group “Hrysli” vanished. He entered into talks with the terrorists for the purpose of coming to an agreement on the exchange of the bodies of their casualties, the “cargo 200’s”. These talks were very tense, and in fact several times the terrorists threatened to kill Barinov. Finally Motorola had a change of heart and gave permission for the bodies to be collected.

Barinov was overcome with horror at what he witnessed. “I picked up hands and heads of these men, who only a few days ago had been speaking with me. I was drenched in their blood. In total I gathered together the remains of 24 men. I didn’t think I could ever survive such an experience. The separatists opened the bodies of these men, and hung their insides in the trees as a form of terror. It was my job to collect these remains into bags,” the soldier explained, his lips quivering.

Other soldiers who have been serving with Barinov confirm his account and say that they fully expected him to lose his mind after what he lived through. He spent an entire month drinking continually, trying to forget about this, they said. After a while they removed Barinov from active duty and placed him in reserve. He couldn’t simply leave the army because that would be classified as desertion.

Additionally, his situation is an example of what Bohdana Badykh with the Institute for Political Studies describes as evidence both of the inhumanity of the terrorists but also the inhumanity of the military bureaucracy in its treatment of reservists who have similar experiences to those of Bodia Bieshiennyi. “He has received no financial compensation because of his status in the reserves. His annual salary was UAH 15,000 (approx. $725). Currently he is living in Schastia… I hope his plight receives lots of publicity and that he no longer be bounced around like a soccer ball but instead that he have his case taken care of properly,” the political scientist stated.

Translated by: Jeffrey Stephaniuk
Edited by: Alya Shandra
Source: patrioty.org.ua

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  • Dirk Smith

    Another reason to identify Russia as a state terrorist. Hiding behind a lie doesn’t get Putler off the hook.

  • Dalton

    I think it’s time to conduct special operations to eliminate this piece of human garbage.

    • Czech Friend

      that scum sadist Pavlov is Putin’s dog of war. Hey Tieny, this is your next job. Make sure he really suffers before you kill him though.

      We need to see the justice done in face of such inhuman evil.

      • Nowhere Girl

        It would be much better if someone took care of Putin himself. The perfect avenger would be a homosexual Ukrainian nationalist – so that he could avenge the gays as well.
        Of course there is a risk that under such circumstances Putin actually gets what he is secretly dreaming of…

    • disqus_aJpixObjG7

      long overdue Dalt!. Motorola admitted gleefully to shooting 15 Ukrainian Hero CYBORG prisoners whose hands were bound with wire – among many other atrocitioes… he and the other nazi trash “givi” need to be taken out.

  • Vol Ya

    This shows the true nature of the russian swine who have invaded Ukraine. They need to be slaughtered and hung like the swine that they are.

  • Brent

    Not sure what makes you a bigger loser. Cheering on the murdering terrorists or voting up your own comments. I guess your ego couldn’t handle ’53 comments and 31 upvotes’…how many of those were your own, LOSER?

  • Murf

    His silly shit is going to end up like those other two,mangled meat pies.
    Just like Arkan back in the Bosnian genocide he will outlive his usefulness.
    Useful Idiots hell, Expendable Idiots!