The SBI is investigating the beating of a soldier by a commander in a military unit in Zhytomyr region


The SBI has launched a pre-trial investigation into the beating of a subordinate soldier by a military unit commander in Zhytomyr region. The investigation was initiated on the basis of materials from the military law enforcement service.

On 11 March 2023, a video of a conscript being beaten by his commander was posted on the Internet. The investigation confirmed that the incident had taken place in a military unit in Zhytomyr region on the same afternoon. According to the junior lieutenant's explanation, he had an "educational conversation" with the use of punches and kicks because the soldier was allegedly intoxicated.

At present, the soldier's life and health are not in danger, the severity of his injuries is being established.

Preliminary classification of the offence: abuse of power or official authority by a military official committed under martial law (Part 5 of Article 426-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The article provides for a sentence of imprisonment for a term of 8 to 12 years.

The Zhytomyr Specialised Military and Defence Prosecutor's Office is providing procedural supervision.