SBU identifies Russian general who ordered the storming of Azovstal
Mordvichev ordered the seizure of the city of Mariupol (Photo:ssu.gov.ua)
The Russian general who ordered the seizure of the city of Mariupol and the storming of one of the largest industrial enterprises of the city, the Azovstal Steelworks, has been identified, Ukraine’s SBU security service reported on Sept. 29.
The agency stated that the officer in question is the commander of the 8th Guards Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Andrey Mordvichev.
According to an SBU investigation, Mordvichev has overseen the occupation of Donetsk Oblast and personally participated in hostilities against the Armed Forces of Ukraine, since February 2022. The units under his command include:
- The 1st Army Corps of the “people’s militia”,a number of separate motorized rifle brigades formally connected to the Donetsk puppet authority,
- The Donetsk puppet authority’s so-called “Somalia” battalion,
- The Donetsk puppet authority’s so-called “Sparta” reconnaissance battalion,
- And a number of Wagner mercenary units.
The SBU accuses Mordvichev of directly carrying out military planning, coordination, and management of these units in combat operations.
"Among other things, he gave an order to capture the Mariupol district, where under his instructions Russian troops destroyed civilian and critical infrastructure and killed civilians," the SBU stated.
In addition, while on the territory of occupied Mariupol, Mordvichev met with Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov and approved a plan for the final capture of the city – conducting furthers assaults on the Azovstal Steel-works.
Under his direct command and control, the Russian troops committed atrocities against Ukrainian service members and civilians, SBU writes.
Mordvichev is being charged with a number of crimes under Ukrainian law:
- p. 3 Art. 110 (encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine that led to the death of people and other grave consequences);
- p. 2 Art. 437 (waging aggressive war or aggressive military actions);
- p. 2 Art. 28 (committing a criminal offense by a group of persons by prior conspiracy).
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