Battalion Commander - Major

Unit: 2nd Tank Battalion, 5th Separate Guards Tank Brigade, 36th Combined Arms Army, Eastern Military District.

This is the same unit responsible for the murder of civilians at the car dealership in the Buchansky district of the Kyiv region. See [Cargo ID #390] for one of the individuals involved with that incident.

Cargo ID: #417

Full Name: Tharo Alimovich Abatayev

Russian Name: Абатаев Таро Алимович

Date of Birth: February 4, 1982 (age: 40 years)

Place of Birth: Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia

Education: Military Academy of Armored Troops

Awards: Order of Courage (ph.), Medal "For Military Valor" 2nd Class, Medal "For Distinction in Military Service" 2nd Class, Medal "For Distinction in Military Service" 3rd Class, Medal "For Courage", Badge "Officer 1st Class", Badge "Graduation from a Higher Education Institution"

Ukrainian investigators have identified the perpetrators of the Zhytomyr highway crimes as soldiers from the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Separate Guards Tank Brigade. Comprising approximately 300 individuals, they had a continuous presence in the area until the end of March, operating under the command of Major Tharo Abatayev.

Tharo Abatayev, is suspected of being involved in the deaths of 13 civilians, including Olena Stotska, Maxim Iovenko, Ksenia Tsaturova, Vasyl Harashchuk, Valentyn Hrabychak, Olena Husakivska, Volodymyr Panov, Bohdan Komarovskiy, Viktor Sukmanyuk, Lyudmyla Plyushchyk, Oleksandr Stepaneсhko, Serhiy Kabashnyi, and Oleksandr Shelykh.

“The Russians didn’t care whether it was a woman or a child – they carried out these executions cruelly, brazenly, with particular cynicism… Then the Russians burned all the cars to cover up the traces of their criminal actions,” investigator Andriy Vyshnyak said.
- Euromaidan