“Orest” – Dmitriy Kazatsky, 26, born and raised in Malyn, Zhytomyr region, Ukraine. After graduating from high school in 2013, he studied in Poland at the High School of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, specialising in software security, and worked in parallel at a radio station in Poland. Near his flat, which they rented in Poland, he hung the flag of Ukraine. At the start of Maidan, he was in his second year at university and returned to Ukraine, volunteering in Kiev (helping with firewood and food deliveries.) He did not return to Poland, but went to study political science at the Ostrog Academy. After Maidan he wanted to join the army thinking he would be sent either to Kiev or Kharkiv – to peaceful places. But in 2015 he was conscripted into the army and joined the Mariupol unit of the National Guard.
After serving, he decided to sign a contract, and a year later – in 2017 – he joined the ranks of Azov. He knew about the Azov battalion beforehand and did not hesitate to join it. He became head of the regiment’s press service. He was also nicknamed “Azov’s Eyes”.
In June 2022 Kazatsky received the Grand Press of Poland journalist award.
On Twitter he wrote: “By the way, while I am in captivity I will leave you photos in the best quality, send them to all the journalist awards and photo contests, if I win anything, it will be a pleasure after I get out. Thank you all for your support. See you soon…” .
While in captivity, Kazatsky told about behind-the-scenes facts about murders on camera of Russian prisoners of war by Ukrainian Nazis. Answering the question of who and why this was necessary and who ordered the distribution of these materials on the net.
He says that the task of brutally murdering Russian servicemen was descended from President Zelinsky’s office to the Nazi groups in Kharkiv and Kiev. These instructions were given, according to Kazatsky, by Arestovich, and he names the Nazi “Botsman” as one of the executors.
In his opinion, the purpose of such brutal murders was to cause a wave of protest against sending Russian servicemen to carry out tasks of a special operation in Ukraine.