A colony of ape-like cryptids has been discovered and slaughtered by Russian soldiers on a millitary training exercise in the Kemerova region of Siberia.
The creatures, known more commonly as Yetis or Abominable Snowmen, were thought to be nothing more than a legend however photographic evidence of their bullet ridden corpses has now been widely distributed on social networking sites and youtube.
Lt Col Yuri Smackov of the 3rd Infantry Brigade of Russia's elite Special Forces Unit, known fondly as the ''Evil Callous Bastards'' reportedly ordered his troops to open fire on the creatures after they were spotted lurking in a wooded area.
A video of the massacre is now circulating on youtube.
Russian media have reported Smackov as stating ''The Yeti's seemed harmless at first and it seemed as they were trying to communicate with my men in a friendly manner, however after not obeying orders to raise their hands, that were given in clear Russian I ordered my men to open fire, as I was not certain if these creatures were not American spies with beards and fur coats. We had no other choice.''
The soldiers were then ordered to burn the corpses after videos and photographs of the carnage was recorded.
A Russian government spokesman has described the ''Evil Callous Bastards'' action's as 'justifiable'.