The ruthless Vladimir Putin is using barbaric, Hitler-style starvation tactics to “terrorize, subjugate and kill” Ukrainians, experts have warned.
Armed sieges, massacres of bread snakes, and looting of farm machinery are all part of “Putin’s calculated plan” to starve Ukraine into submission.
In March last year, chilling footage emerged of bodies strewn on a street outside a bakery in the northern city of Chernihiv after being fired upon by Russian forces.
While waiting for a loaf of bread, Ukrainians came under fire from either a 122mm Grad multiple rocket launcher or a howitzer, according to an investigation by international law firm Global Rights Compliance.
At least 20 people died in the massacre.
Attorney Catriona Murdoch, head of Global Rights Compliance’s Starvation Mobile Justice Team, said the killings are the “tip of the iceberg in Putin’s calculated plan to terrorize, subdue and kill the Ukrainian people.”
Putin’s soldiers have butchered Ukrainian farmers and looted their barns and shops, while simultaneously decimating farmland and planting landmines in fertile soil where much-needed crops should grow.
Food stores were bombed and thousands of tons of grain were stolen – what has been described as “Hitlerist tactics”.
In some besieged areas of Ukraine, suffering locals were even forced to drink water from the rivers after power plants were destroyed by rockets.
Desperate families were also cut off from the power grid in the Kherson region after Putin allegedly blew up the Novaya Khakovka dam and entire areas were completely flooded.
Corpses polluted the water and made it drinkable, while tons of machine oil spilled into the river – triggering a long-term, major disaster that affected drinking water and food supplies.
It has been ninety years since Joseph Stalin’s Soviet regime caused a devastating famine in Ukraine that killed four million people in the so-called Holodomor.
Putin praised Stalin’s leadership, praised him for transforming Russia, and repeatedly lamented the demise of the Soviet Union.
Under Hitler’s supervision, the Nazis also used famine as a weapon of war, devising a terrifying “hunger plan” to starve some 20 million people out.
“The evidence points to a deliberate plan aimed at undermining and attacking the foundations and social fabric of Ukrainians and subjecting them to inhumane living conditions,” Murdoch said.
“It is imperative that these crimes be fully investigated so that we can establish a bedrock of truth and historical record that can be used both to counter Russia’s lies and to bring justice to the victims and survivors of these crimes in Ukraine.” to find.”
EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski previously said the Russians “want to create hunger and use that as a tool of aggression”.
“It’s a similar method that the Soviet regime used against the Ukrainian people in the 1930s,” he said.
Experts have now warned that Putin’s war “has moved on to the next phase” – in which the tyrant will increasingly target civilian infrastructure as his desperation grows.
The evidence points to a deliberate plan aimed at undermining and attacking the very foundations and societal fabric of Ukrainians
Four were children among 11 people killed in a horrific Russian attack on a crowded pizza restaurant in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk in June. More than 50 were injured.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Andriy Kostin said Russian forces “deliberately attacked civilians” and “crowded areas”.
Ashok Swain, a professor of peace and security at Uppsala University, told The Sun Online: “Putin has regularly targeted civilian infrastructure, particularly water and energy infrastructure, in his war in Ukraine.”
“This violates all international laws and norms.”
“The main reason is to make life so difficult for Ukrainians that they lose the resolve to fight.
“It’s a Hitler tactic – but it actually began with Stalin in 1932-1933, when he inflicted a devastating famine on Ukraine, killing nearly four million Ukrainians in order to starve them into submission.”
He added: “The war has moved to the next phase, which will see open attacks on civilian infrastructure.”
“Putin is desperately trying to win the war or save face and he can’t. So he adopts that strategy.”
In June, about 4.8 billion gallons of water poured down the Dnipro River after the dam blast, bursting the banks, flooding villages and leaving parts of the city of Kherson under water.
Areas were left without electricity and completely cut off from any food and water supply, leaving residents trapped in their homes.
Irrigation channels for fields growing grain, fruit and vegetables are also drying up – severely affecting the food supply.
Anurag Mishra, a researcher at the International Team for the Study of Security Verona, said these types of tactics are all part of Putin’s plan to “bring Ukraine into submission.”
“It’s hardly a secret that the Russians are using starvation tactics,” he told The Sun Online.
“Putin was not afraid to use force against non-combatants, attack vital civilian infrastructure, deprive millions of Ukrainians of heating in winter, or shoot at civilians to prevent them from flooding villages and towns after the dam collapse.”
“These are all different steps towards a single goal: to bring Ukraine into submission in order to save the balance of power in the Russian sphere of influence.”
Misha said it was likely that Russia would impose more armed food blockades and continue destroying farm equipment.
The main reason is to make life so difficult for Ukrainians that they lose the resolve to fight
And as Ukraine’s long-awaited counteroffensive begins, Putin could blow up civilian infrastructure along the frontlines in Bakhmut and Donetsk to increase the pressure.
Maria Makurat, International Relations Specialist at ITSS, said: “It may well be that Russia will continue to target civilian infrastructure in places like Bakhmut and Donetsk to influence the planned counter-offensive and put more pressure on civilians and defenses. ‘ system while the fighting continues.
Five years ago, the United Nations passed a resolution condemning the use of hunger as a tactic of war and acknowledging a threat to the lives of tens of millions of people.
Each time Putin’s forces are pushed back, more evidence emerges of the horror they have inflicted on the Ukrainian people.
Last month we revealed that Ukrainians are being held in “Nazi-style” camps, where they are supposedly being forced to work or fight on the front lines.
The haunting report of the Ukrainian military investigative site Molar showed the shocking conditions in the internment camps, which bear shocking parallels to World War II Jewish ghettos.
A detention center in Mariupol reportedly held a large number of men for two weeks, giving them only one meal a day while they were forced to sleep on the floor and in the corridors.
Even more shocking are the reports of outbreaks of tuberculosis among detainees, a flu-like bacterial infection that can be fatal if left untreated.
It is claimed that the sick were denied medical attention and left to die after being locked inside.
Another chilling Sun exclusive revealed chilling leaked spy documents showing Putin’s plans for a “total purge” of Ukraine in his bid to win the war.
Orders from Russia’s FSB secret service came “from the top down” and spoke of “door-to-door terror” in which “people are kept in their homes at night during curfew and transferred to Russian territories – concentration camps and worse”. .