The shocking claim was not true and was an emotional outburst, he said, after apparently having received threats
FILE PHOTO. Hennadii Druzenko. ©Olena Khudiakova / Ukrinform / Future Publishing via Getty Images
A Ukrainian doctor who claimed during a live interview that he had ordered his volunteer unit to castrate captured Russian soldiers has stated that his words were not true. In a short post on his Facebook page on Monday, Gennadiy Druzenko said he and his fellow frontline medics do not castrate anyone and have no plans to do so.
“Those were the emotions. I’m sorry. We are saving lives. Period,” the post said.
The doctor added a screenshot to the post, which appeared to be a threat addressed to him. It cited what was presumably his personal data, including phone numbers and an address, and a promise to “come unannounced” and “cut off [his] balls.”
Druzenko, a well-known volunteer medic, had been talking to many Western media outlets about his unit’s work in Ukraine amid the Russian attack on his country, and had made his incendiary claims about Russian POWs in an interview with Ukrainian TV on Sunday.
“I gave my doctors … a very strict order to castrate all men, because they are cockroaches and not people,” he had claimed.