A Ukrainian millionaire asked the army to bomb his house after it was occupied by Russian troops.
Andrey Stavnitser said he saw Russian forces and artillery entering his property through a security camera.
Stavnitser said that the Ukrainian army eliminated the Russians and his mansion was destroyed.
A Ukrainian millionaire says he asked his country’s military to bomb his mansion after seeing it had been seized and occupied by Russian troops.
Andrey Stavnitser, CEO of Ukrainian IT company TransInvestService, told ITV’s ‘Good Morning Britain’ he saw Russian forces, including a tornado rocket launcher, enter his property near Irpin on March 5 through a security camera. Irpin is a town outside the Ukrainian capital of kyiv.
“They destroyed most of the cameras inside the house, but there was a small amateur webcam,” he said.
Stavnitser, who left Ukraine for Poland after Russia invaded, said his security personnel were captured, stripped naked, interrogated and sent into the woods.
“There were 12 military vehicles in my territory, including rocket launchers, grenades and tornadoes,” Stavnitser said. “They were basically starting to shoot kyiv from my house.”
Stavnitser told ‘GMB’ he felt “disgusted” to see the troops at his home and called the Ukrainian Armed Forces to give them the blessing to raze his house.
“Fortunately, they were destroyed by the Ukrainian army,” he said.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Stavnitser posted images of what he said were destroyed Russian artillery on his Facebook page earlier this month.
Speaking to ‘GMB’, Stavnitser said he doesn’t care about the house, despite it being brand new and investing a lot of time in it.
“It was kind of an obvious decision for me. There’s not much you can do to help the military and that was one of the opportunities I had,” he said. he declared to “GMB”.
“I want to do everything to help Ukraine win.”
Russian forces have in recent weeks moved their forces from kyiv and repositioned them in the Donbas region. Russia initially expected to capture kyiv within days, but failed to do so in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance.
In a video address on Monday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia had begun its assault on Donbass, which was largely controlled by pro-Kremlin separatist factions before Russia invaded Ukraine.
“Now we can say that Russian troops have started the Battle of Donbass, for which they have been preparing for a long time. A very large part of the entire Russian army is now focused on this offensive,” Zelenskyy said.
“No matter how many Russian soldiers are taken there, we will fight. We will defend ourselves. We will do this every day. We will not give anything Ukrainian.”
Stavnitser told ‘GMB’ that Zelenskyy, whom he says he knows personally, is an inspirational leader who sets the tone for all of Ukraine.
“I’m really, really proud to have a president like that,” he said.
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