AMAC Exclusive – By Ben Solis
One of the most tragic consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been the suffering wrought on the Ukrainian people by the Russian army. While westerners are understandably startled by the graphic details of these horrific crimes and human rights violations, it should perhaps be unsurprising given that the Soviet roots of Vladimir Putin’s regime are steeped in similar atrocities.
The accounts of Russian brutality emerging from the conflict in Ukraine shock the conscience and are seemingly drawn from another far more barbaric epoch in human history. In Bucha, bodies of Ukrainian women were found naked and branded with swastikas in a mass grave. During the Russian invasion of Mariupol, one Ukrainian woman reported being raped by a Russian tank commander. In the village of Kalyta, a mother of four was gang raped by Russian soldiers. Mutilated and tortured bodies of men, women, and children have been found in forests, cellars, and streets after Russian soldiers moved through villages.
It is important to note that it is likely a small minority of Russian soldiers who are committing these crimes. Yet the overall pattern of heinous acts against civilians cannot be ignored.
To understand Russian cruelty in the war – and how the West should respond to it – one must understand the history of Soviet war crimes and how the West treated them in the last century.
The Soviet era was rife with human rights violations, from the gulags and political prisons to Moscow’s brutal repression of millions under its domain. One of the worst episodes of Soviet barbarity came in its invasion of Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989.
Accounts from United Nations reports published in 1986 and 1987 began to reveal the horrible truth about the Soviet Union’s treatment of the Afghan people. One witness said Soviet soldiers tied dynamite to the backs of old and blind Afghans in a village of Mata in the Panjsher Valley and blew them up. Another talked about helpless targets for Soviet bombers and helicopter gunships. According to the preeminent Afghan diplomat and historian Mohammad Kakar, the Soviets killed at least one million of his compatriots.
By the time the Berlin Wall collapsed, evidence of the Soviet army’s crimes—including gang raping women, bombarding towns and villages with combat gas, using booby traps, scorched earth tactics preventing civilian return, torturing, and indiscriminately killing prisoners of war—were increasingly undeniable.
Soviet dissidents, led by Nobel-prize winner Andrei Sakharov, called upon Communist Party leader Mikhail Gorbachev for trials for Soviet army personnel who had committed the atrocities. Sakharov, who himself was exiled for his opposition to Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, reiterated that the war was an act of aggression and horrendous criminality.
But in November 1989, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, led by Gorbachev, announced an amnesty for Soviet troops who violated laws and basic humanity. Allegedly motivated “by the principles of humanism,” the Supreme Soviet released troops from liability for crimes, reversed convictions, and freed the imprisoned.
Human rights activist Vladimir Bukovsky called the act a “mockery of justice.” The Russian church, under the thumb of the Politburo in Moscow, shamefully opposed making a moral judgement on the decision to absolve Russian troops of their war crimes.
Dissident Russian priests Alexander Men and Gleb Yakunin likened this social theology of the Russian church to the holy version of the “cog in the machine” theory that diminishes the value of individual human life.
Dissidents understood that to protect the fragile liberty of the fledgling Russian state would have required a voluntary confession of guilt at the moment of the new country’s founding. But such a challenge exceeded the Soviet government’s moral capacity, as many senior leaders shared responsibility for the war crimes. Gorbachev, meanwhile, did not want to harm the myth of an invincible and infallible Red Army, nor shake the pillar of his political power.
Western diplomats chose to ignore the Soviet crimes for political reasons, sacrificing their moral high ground in the process. They handed Gorbachev a “respectable” exit from Afghanistan and helped the Soviets avoid paying war indemnities. Washington and London salivated over the prospect of expanded markets in the Soviet sphere of influence, while Paris and Berlin eyed the future expansion of the European Union from Lisbon to Vladivostok.
Both propositions turned out to be utopian, and the moral failing to address the crimes of the Red Army before has now manifested itself in the form of Russian crimes in Ukraine.
In light of this history, Western leaders would be wise to heed the lessons of the last century and hold Russia accountable for its crimes. Peace can never exist long unless it is built on a solid moral foundation, rather than cold political calculations.
Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher.
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AND A/H biden MUST BE HELD FOR WAR CRIMES AGAINST THE U. S. FOR DESTROYING OUR ONCE GREAT NATION
My question is where is all the news coverage?
I find it disappointing that AMAC is following the narrative
How about an audit on all the money we have sent the little Nazis to protect his boarder while ours is left wide open.
This is a terribly inaccurate and disappointing article by AMAC. The mainstream media, to include Fox, has been lying about this conflict from its inception, which began back in 2014. For people who want to find out what’s really going on I suggest you listen to some videos from Colonel Douglas MacGregor, Major Scott Ritter, and a Ukrainian citizen blogger by the name of Gonzalo Lira-who lives outside of Kershon. The dishonesty by the American press is stunning
Pmac, I 100% agree with you. Putin is actually cutting the head off of the snake of the corrupt countries around the world. What he’s doing is for the sake of humanity, he’s a hero.
As a military vet from the Vietnam era, I find it very odd that we fought the Nazis in WWII and now we are funding them in Ukraine. Of course the German Nazis didn’t funnel our politicians laundered money.
Western Europe seems to be quite happy as long as Putin stays inside Ukraine.
Their opinion seems to be that as long as the Commies leave them alone they don’t
care. On top of that they expect the good ole USA to take care of them and the
US is dumb enough to do it. So what’s the problem ?
I’m sorry that AMAC seems to be slanted against Russia in the whole Ukraine fight. Russia has taken down tunnels of human/child trafficking; blown up our CIA bio-labs there, and the Zelensky is a puppet for the USA/world led deep state. That piece of filth is rich, has a big mansion in the USA, and is an actor… he is NOT a leader of Ukraine. What about Obama putting Zelensky in, in the war that he started and WHAT ABOUT THE BIDEN MONEY LAUNDERING in Ukraine? What about Biden threatening to withhold aid to Ukraine if they didn’t stop the investigation into Burisma, the co. that paid Hunter $57K/mo. to be on fake board? (I have copy of bank deposits of this.) WHY IS THIS not included? There is a video of Joseph Biden saying, “Son of a b*tch, he did it.” … stopped investigation of Burisma. I thank Russia for doing what the USA refuses to do in the worst huma trafficking/money laundering country on earth. HEY my dear USA, Clean up the corrupt politicians, including Joseph P. Biden, and many judges and other leaders in our nation. I’m getting disgusted with your anti-Russia reporting here. ..
Let start by giving a partial background of who I am. I am a proud PATRIOT/MAGA/AMERICA FIRST military veteran of the Vietnam Era.
I had decided to get on here and ridicule this author for touting the Biden Admin./ Globalist agenda. Coming from a supposed “conservative” organization(?) but I see that you and several others are already doing it. Therefore, I will only “thank you” and the others for being like-minded patriots.
“The truth is like a lion, you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose, it will defend itself” (St. Augustine).
I’m with you NCMtnPatriot. WWG1WGA
patty deBingo, government corruption in Ukraine? That’s your complaint about our support for the Ukraine people? Are you being serious, or just pulling the reader’s legs?
The Congress critters in Washington, D.C. could teach the Ukraine political leaders a bit about corruption. President Truman once said that any “trusted” leader in Congress that becomes a millionaire on his, or her salary is a crook. Sadly, that description still covers most in Congress.
About the Russian reason for invading Ukraine, Putin said that he ordered a “special military exercise” to rid the “NAZI” thinking prevalent in the minds of its leaders. Is that OK with you patty?
Suppose the French were unhappy with the way the Spanish leaders were “thinking”, …….would it be OK for France to invade Spain?
Psst! Russia is not our friend. I’m almost sure that if Russia, (or China) could find a way around that pesky Mutual Assured Destruction, M.A.D., thingy, it would nuke us to oblivin. This is the thing, by supporting Ukraine with aid we are degrading the Russian economy. The longer Putin struggles in Ukraine, the weaker Russia must become. The best part? We are not losing the lives of American soldiers in this scheme.
There was never a huge American love for the Ukraine people, or for any other people in the world for that matter. Crushing the Russian economy is the salient goal of the NATO countries. Helping the Ukraine underdog is only a secondary consideration. If this thought is distasteful for you, I suggest that you write to your Congress person and threaten him, or her with the withholding of your vote in the next election.
I’m tired of it too Patty, Putin is a hero in my eyes and I thank him too. You are absolutely 100% correct about everything. The Ukraine is the “hot spot” for all corrupt governments to hide in. Let’s not forget 5 EYES too. Biden also has a mansion in the Ukraine.
I am more interested in focusing on the mongrels’ killing with impunity on our streets.
Russia is a pure Communist Nation and long ago its Commie leaders learned how to maintain that status. And with the antics of this Nation’s DemocRat Party, this Nation is crawling to the same future status. More and more the laws and its maintenance sloshes closer and closer to Communism … IMO the news media is largely morphed in to a propaganda for the Commie-DemocRat Party with a few exceptions.
If you want to hold Russia accountable for war crimes for a war that has not been declared then you better hold the US accountable for war crimes against Vietnam and Japan.
Biden and cohorts need to be held accountable…their policies are killing good hearted Americans…whats wrong with Ben Solis/AMAC?
Biden, Gates, Soros and the like are worse than Russia
I hope the next article is about the medical crimes perpetrated on the American people the past
2 1/2 years.
Russia Must be held accountable for war crimes??? Hmmm. Look at the crimes the Biden crime family and the demoncrats have committed! Our CIA killed John Kennedy, Our government in cooperation with big parma and the media, CDC, WEF, W.H.O. and many other conspirators, committed mass bioweapon murder beginning 2019 – crimes against humanity, All of the crimes against children should count for something. Child sex trafficking, surgical changes to their little bodies to make them look like the opposite gender (their sex can never be changed, as it is established at the time of conception), A flood of illegal immigrants. And so many many more crimes that have originated and grown out of our own government of corrupt politicians and every other agency. But, hey, let’s pick on Russia, because they are, at the present time the only nation that wants to maintain sovereignty and protect their Russian children and know what a woman is, and who God is.
Ben Solis pen name????? What an idiot. You want to talk about war crimes? How about that fruit cake installed Zelensky shutting down churches, reporters all opposition. Why Ben? To cover up the Biden crime family as well as the Pelosi’s, the Kerry’s, et al. War crimes how about the Nazi Azov battalion? How old are you Ben?
You’re a little late to the party regarding the Azov battalion. They were exterminated by the Russian army after the Russians flattened Mariupol last May.
Too many communists and their supporters posting on this site. If this is conservative republicans, I don’t want to be one anymore.
Most of these posts are not coming from AMAC members. These articles about Ukraine attract the Russian bots like flies to $#!+.
And you are full of IT!!
Did you read Irishgal’s comments? Don’t have an answer do you!
Having trouble separating her conspiracy theories with the standard Russian propaganda that she mixes in. I don’t think even Putin could repeat what she’s saying with a straight face.
I thought AMAC was better than this! imo Ben Solis should be removed as ‘a reporter’ for AMAC. While there are ounces of truth, the main is MSM talking points again. Much of what said in this article has been debunked! Jimmy Dore, The Duran, The Dive with Jackson Hinkle- PatrickLancaster (boots on the ground IN Ukraine reporter)- iEarlGrey Rumble. Reputable sources have debunked much of what this guy ‘reported’. The many of the atrocities have been proven to be done by the Azov Nazi army of Ukraine. Lots staged to blame Russia. Like Russia bombed Poland- was debunked. Even paying Ukrainian citizens to ‘play a part’. Train station- hoax – blamed Russia, proved was a Ukraine bomb! There is vid out there of a camera crew driving by these so called bodies- caught in the rear view mirror, some of those bodies waved/sat up. Hosp bombing- was empty- actors played for photo ops. ‘Reporter’ sitting/reporting in front of body bags, one moved- wind blew ‘tarp/bag off (guy was wearing a red hat) so was he placed to make it seem worse than was? YUP. I THINK it was a Fox reporter. Can see gal going over and helping to re-cover the dude. How is it a broke actor, Zelenskyy now has 3 mansions! His people driving around in luxury cars etc. US paying the pensions of ‘his cabinet’ while the Ukrainian people are starving? Demanding MORE! AMAC should be very ashamed and dump this so-called ‘journalist’. This became worse starting 2014 Obama/Nuland Over throwing Russian based Pres. (even though he was corrupted too) but not nearly as badly as Zelenskyy is now. Putin requested peace many times, US/Zelenskyy ignored – they want this war $$$, keep the atrocities secret, $ laundering, (FTX) biolabs, child trafficking etc. Solis report the actual FACTS! The Benny Show- shows Biden standing on a red x- at his Ukraine visit on Pres day instead of being in OH. Acting! Siren- staged! so- shame on AMAC!
I meant- If Solis reported the actual facts. Many US/including Soros, Zelenskyy/Azov would be “held Accountable. Even Tucker Carlson is now out speaking more truths. 2/24 Dore laid out the lil he could on air.
Zelenskyy is a criminal also let them fight it out and who cares. We should not be sending our money and military equipment over there. The only reason we are helping Ukraine is because they have the goods on Biden.
Action of soldiers start at the top. Putin is a criminal and so are others in the line of authority. There are less Russian’s men every day.
Cancelling my subscription to AMAC after this dumb article.
If we had a Strong, HONEST president, Putin would NEVER have invaded Ukraine and we wouldn’t be wasting our tax dollars and depleting our ordnance! Remember Biden said “a little invasion” would be OK! STUPID! First the DIMMs made the pharmaceutical companies rich, now Biden’s making both the armament companies and Ukrainian officials RICH!
You’re absolutely right, Philip!
Lindsey Graham and John McCann were working on Ukraine attacking Russia back in 2014. Graham is still pushing it – along with Soros. WE started this, not Russia.