The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office has attached to the case the recognition of the Russian soldier Daniil Frolkin in committing war crimes in the village of Andreevka in the Kyiv region, which was under the control of the Russian military from late February to April. Perhaps this case will be referred to the International Criminal Court. Serhiy Cherednichenko, the first deputy head of the Kyiv-Svyatoshinsky prosecutor’s office, informed Current Time about this.
Earlier, Important Stories published an investigation in which, in particular, Daniil Frolkin, a soldier of the 64th motorized rifle brigade, confesses to committing war crimes. “I, a soldier of military unit 51460, guard corporal, Frolkin Daniil Andreevich, confess to all the crimes that I committed in Andreevka: shooting the civilian population, robbing the civilian population, confiscating their phones, and that our command does not give a fuck our fighters, all the infantry that fights on the front line, on the front line,” Frolkin began his confession.
He also confesses to one murder. “Yes, I shot one civilian there, he gave the coordinates of our columns, our boys were killed. I tell him: “Go ahead.” He goes. I tell him: “Kneel down.” Frolkin says in the video.
On June 17, 2022, the Kyiv-Svyatoshinsky District Prosecutor’s Office announced the suspicion to Frolkin. To him imputed Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – “Violation of the laws and customs of war.” For the murder of a civilian, he faces a life sentence in Ukraine.
Prosecutor Sergei Cherednichenko told Current Time that the video of his confession was attached to the materials of Frolkin’s criminal case. In addition, his confessions became the basis for additional checks that relate to his commanders. “Perhaps there were witnesses when the order was given, perhaps they saw these military men. And we will check them for committing other crimes in the village of Andreevka,” he said.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Frolkin confessed to the murder of a civilian – Igor Ermakov. The investigation had previously interrogated a witness who saw Yermakov being killed. He identified Frolkin.
“Those circumstances and his story about how he did it clearly coincide with our events – the murder of Yermakov. Moreover, the witness is a neighbor who is alive, who was given [фото] for identification, was previously interrogated. He clearly describes Frolkin’s features to us, in particular, his tattoo, calls his name. Because before that, he went to his house, and there he also found out something about where the territorial defense forces could live,” Sergei Cherednichenko said.
According to him, Frolkin shot Yermakov on March 2. According to the results of the examination, he shot him in the left eye at close range, which is also confirmed by the witness.
Ermakov’s murder is not the only episode in the case of the suspect Daniil Frolkin. The investigation also suspects him of robbery. Here is how Cherednichenko describes the first episode: “They, with a currently unidentified serviceman of the Russian Federation, went into another housing of local residents, this is already on March 18, threatening with a machine gun, took possession of the car and mobile phones of residents.”
The prosecutor also tells about the second episode: “He [Фролкин] went into the house in which lived a veteran of the Second World War, who at that time was 96 years old. Despite his advanced age, Frolkin, threatening with a machine gun, took possession of a local resident’s generator and took 12 awards. Including awards for participation in World War II. “Then, on a mobile phone stolen in the first case, Frolkin himself was photographed in the stolen awards of a World War II veteran. These photographs were published by Ukrainian investigative journalists from the Slide.Info project.
Sergei Cherednichenko said that if Frolkin did not surrender to the Ukrainian authorities, after the end of the investigation, the case would be sent to court for trial in absentia. “A legal process regarding him can take place. With the obligatory involvement of a defense lawyer. I think that in court it will already be possible to raise the issue of going out with him [Фролкиным] for communication,” the prosecutor said. He also suggested that this case would be sent for consideration to the International Criminal Court.