From Jamie Peipon: Christo Grozev has done it again. What you’re seeing is a group picture of the team who programs russia’s missiles. These are the faces of the mass murderers who are targeting women, children, playgrounds, apartment buildings, power plants, civilian infrastructure, etc. One of the people on the team actually sent this picture to Grozev – an investigative journalist.
On October 10th, the day of the massive missile attacks on Ukraine, some amazing investigative reporters accepted the challenge to publish the name of every russian soldier in the chain of command that is responsible for the mass bombings of civilians that happened on that day. Today, they accomplished the task. The team had already been working on it for six months. One reason this is a big deal is because war crimes are difficult to prosecute. It is hard to know who all the people are in the chain of command that commit the crimes. It is likely that these people will never be able to leave russia again for fear of being brought in for questioning at the border with a potential war crime tribunal to follow.
Grozev and his team were able to track down all kinds of information, including their telephone numbers and even their telephone records. They’ve been able to establish a likely chain of command by tracking the timing of calls from numbers that kept occurring right before missiles started flying. The ridiculous thing is that this investigative team does not do this by “hacking,” or stealing a physical phone, or with some other crazy skills. All of this information is available thanks to the culture of corruption that russia has fostered for decades. Everyone in the economy has access to some type of privileged information and almost everyone is willing to try and leverage it to selfishly supplement their income. It is their way of life. That made finding this information a fairly simple matter of accessing leaked employment or telephone entry data on people who had graduated from missile-related programs at the military university which was available via russia’s underground data markets. Their own greed and corruption is what is exposing them.
I’ll put a link to the lengthy article in the comments below if you’d like to read it. But, for now, just look at the very normal faces of these 20-somethings who apparently thought they could distance themselves from the ugliness of the front lines, but had no qualms with committing the atrocities that we’ve all seen over and over again for the past eight months exactly. Grozev asked one of them via text message how they sleep at night. The response was to “ask a more professional question.” He then changed the question to: “Are the numerous civilian casualties during cruise missile strikes an intended outcome or the result of faulty targeting?” The person responded with: “I can’t answer that question.”
These aren’t people who are brainwashed by staying home all day watching daytime government-sponsored talk shows. These are young people who have likely traveled outside of russia, who know how to use computers to look up information on the outside world, and (as many of them look to be in their 20s) were not even alive while the soviet union was in existence. They go to work, killing innocent civilians, and then go home to their families. They take pictures with soft smiles while delivering the harshest pain and suffering to millions of their next-door neighbors.
In other news… the Iranian drones continue to be a problem. Ukraine is shooting them out of the sky in large percentages, but it remains a major challenge, even as new promises and actual deliveries of anti-aircraft weapons are sent. Missiles for the German IRIS-T system cost about $400,000 each. Each AIM-120 AMRAAM missile (used in the NASAMS the US has provided) are over $1 million each. The missiles used in the Patriot systems (which have not been provided to Ukraine) cost about $3 million each. This makes good financial sense when shooting a $30 million jet out of the sky. However, the cost of a kamikaze drone provided by Iran is only in the $20,000 range. Ukraine is working hard to figure out how best to defend the lives of her people while also getting the literal best bang for their buck out of their weapons. This financial issue is an ongoing challenge that they want and need to resolve quickly.
“Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?
The steadfast love of God endures all the day.
Your tongue plots destruction,
like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.
You love evil more than good,
and lying more than speaking what is right.
You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.
But God will break you down forever.”
One response to “10-22-2022 – War update and commentary: The faces of mass murderers”
Yes, they are very young. I don’t know how they can sleep at night either, but they are atheists, who have no respect for human life, made in the image of God. It’s only “survival of the fittest” in their world, as you detailed the one upmanship, deceit, etc. I cannot imagine living in such a community, country.
They are truly lost!!