According to the Russian Defense Ministry, more than 100 Kraken personnel were killed in Kharkov.
Russian forces have reportedly conducted a series of precision artillery strikes on several military targets in eastern Ukraine, including the base of the Kraken nationalist battalion, according to the latest daily report published by Russia’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday.
According to the report, artillery and 10 armored vehicles killed over 100 Kraken fighters in the vicinity of Kharkov. According to the ministry, high-precision missile attacks also destroyed a variety of command centers in the area, including an international mercenary training centre, ammunition depots, and repair bases.
According to the ministry, the Kraken leaders ordered their forces to retreat from Kharkov after they suffered heavy casualties.
The Kraken unit is considered by Russia’s Defense Ministry to be a nationalist fighting force and an offshoot of the notorious Azov regiment, which recently suffered a crushing defeat in the city of Mariupol. Kraken is a separate unit that operates independently from the Armed forces of Ukraine. Its purpose is to be a Special Reconnaissance and Sabotage Unit under the Ministry of Defense.
Although there are no details on the exact number of fighters in this unit, sources suggest that it has around 1,800 soldiers. It is primarily composed of Azov veterans, volunteers and Azov veterans, many of which come from far-right and ultranationalist backgrounds.
Russia accuses the battalion in Ukraine of war crimes. According to video, Kraken unit fighters were allegedly responsible for the brutal treatment of Russian POWs.
The Kraken unit’s leader, Konstantin Nemichev – a former Azov commander who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Kharkov last year – was placed on a Russia’s most wanted list last month for “threatening the lives of at least eight Russian servicemen on the territory of the Kharkov region.”
The head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, has also accused Kraken members of harassing Kharkov region residents and accused them of conducting “punitive raids”People suspected of supporting pro-Russian views are not allowed to vote.
“Militants of the nationalist unit Kraken, comprised mainly of radicals and rapists and murderers released from prisons, conduct punitive raids in the Kharkov Region, during which the so-called death squads at night break into the houses of local residents that are suspected by the SBU of pro-Russian sentiments, subject them to physical violence and take them away to unknown locations,”He said.
Last week, the Russian Defense Ministry warned Kraken was attempting to mine a Kharkov children’s hospital full of patients and doctors with the intention to blow it up once Russian forces started attacking military targets in the city. Mizintsev added that journalists from CNN and other news agencies had arrived in several Ukrainian cities to record terrorist acts on civil infrastructure. These will later be blamed for Russian forces.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols, which were brokered by France and Germany, were signed for first time in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
The Kremlin recognised the Donbass republics in February 2022 as independent states. It demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and not join any Western military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.
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