Russia engaging is medieval warfare, says US OSCE envoy

3 June, 05:36 PM
Russia engaging is medieval warfare (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russia engaging is medieval warfare (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Michael Carpenter has condemned Russia for engaging in “medieval warfare” tactics of systematically killing civilians, pillaging, and wanton destruction, Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform reported in June 3.

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“15 weeks of cruelty, 15 weeks of bestiality, 15 weeks of violence, with so many reports of casualties, forced deportations, rape, filtration camps and destruction ... it (is) difficult to comprehend the scale of the slaughter perpetrated by the Russian Federation,” said Carpenter.

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“After 15 weeks, the terror that Russia is deliberately using against Ukraine’s civilian population has no end in sight.”

Carpenter described Russian tactics as medieval: Moscow uses destruction to force local populations to abandon their homes and flee, thereby making it easier to occupy barren lands.

He added that looting and pillaging of Ukrainian resources by the Russians are similarly hallmarks of barbaric approaches to warfare.

“Sadistic bestiality and the ‘filtering’ process could have a goal,” the official said.

“Especially if this goal is to eradicate the very concept of Ukrainian statehood in regions under Russian occupation, in order to absorb these parts of Ukraine more easily.”

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