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Ukrainian millionaire Andrey Stavnitser asked military to bomb Russian-occupied mansion

A Ukrainian millionaire says he asked the military to bomb his newly built mansion when he saw on a security camera that Russian forces had occupied it and were firing rockets at Kyiv from his property.

Andrey Stavnitser, CEO of TransInvestService, an IT company, said he saw via a webcam last month that Russian soldiers had taken up a position on his land, bringing along a dozen pieces of military equipment.  

“They destroyed most of the cameras inside the house, but there was one small amateur webcam,” he told ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” on Monday.

Rather than allow the invaders to shell Ukraine’s nearby capital from his land, Stavnitser, 39, said he reached out to Ukraine’s armed forces, passed on to them the coordinates of his mansion and asked them to bomb it.   

“It was a kind of an obvious decision for me,” the businessman said, adding that he felt “disgusted” to see the invaders traipse all over his home.  

Stavnitser explained that when he fled from Ukraine to Lublin, Poland, several members of his security team had stayed behind at his mansion.

Andrey Stavnitser said he saw via webcam last month that Russian soldiers had occupied his land.
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Andrey Stavnitser.
“It was a kind of an obvious decision for me,” Andrey Stavnitser said about asking the Ukraine military to bomb his own home.
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Mansion.
Russian troops barged into Andrey Stavnitser’s home and took his staff hostage.
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When Russian occupiers invaded the Kyiv region, they barged into Stavnitser’s home and took his staff hostage. The businessman told “Good Morning Britain” that his employees were undressed, interrogated and had their phones taken away, before being sent into the woods.  

“[Russian] troops were looking for Nazi messaging, or whatever, which they, obviously, couldn’t find,” he said.  

He said he watched in real-time as the Russian forces took over his mansion.

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Russian forces brought about a dozen pieces of military equipment to Andrey Stavnitser’s land.
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Bombed home.
Andrey Stavnitser said he watched in real-time as the Russian forces took over his mansion.
Andrey Stavnitser

“I saw that they were basically [looting] other homes and bringing stuff from other homes into my house, and from there loading trucks with TVs and … iPads, computers, personal belongings of other people,” Stavnitser recalled. “I felt disgusted. I felt dirty, looking at some guys walking inside my house.”

He said he counted 12 military vehicles parked on his land, including BM-21 Grad and Tornado rocket launcher systems.

“This equipment has a range for 40 kilometers (25 miles), so they were basically starting to shoot Kyiv from my house,” Stavnitser said.

Home.
Stavnitser shared a photo of mangled Russian military vehicles after the bombing.
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Bombed home.
“it is important for us to kick those bastards out of our land,” Andrey Stavnitser said.
Andrey Stavnitser

After the Ukrainian military bombed the businessman’s recently finished mansion at his request, he shared a photo on his Facebook page that purportedly showed mangled Russian military vehicles.

“I want to do everything possible to help Ukraine win because I think we’re safeguarding Europe’s safety, and it is important for us to kick those bastards out of our land. It’s just a little bit that I could do.”  

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