Ukraine has launched an investigation into a video purporting to show the execution of Russian prisoners
Ukraine’s prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation after a video surfaced on social media purporting to show Moscow killing Russian soldiers after they surrendered to Ukrainian forces last weekend.
Ukraine’s human rights commissioner, Dmytro Lubinets, said the Russians had staged a surrender and fired first, adding that “retrieving fire is not a war crime.”
The video — geotagged by CNN — was recorded on the outskirts of the town of Makivika, 40 kilometers northeast of Lyman, in the eastern Luhansk region, but the exact details of what happened are not known. Be clear.
In a statement on Tuesday, Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office said the Luhansk regional prosecutor’s office would investigate “treason” — actions aimed at gaining the enemy’s trust in order to gain military advantage — committed by Russian forces during the surrender, which is prohibited. International Humanitarian Law.
“According to the results of media monitoring, in the village of Makivka in the Luhansk region, Russian soldiers opened fire on Ukrainian security guards, simulating surrender to the armed forces of Ukraine. Such actions are prohibited by international humanitarian law,” the statement said.
During the pre-trial investigation, steps will be taken to establish all the circumstances of the event, as well as provide a legal assessment of all its participants, it added.
On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia would do “everything possible” to find the perpetrators and that they should be “punished.”
Ukraine’s parliamentary commissioner for human rights, Dmytro Lubinets, commented on Sunday’s incident that the Russians staged a surrender and opened fire.
What the video shows: The Edited images They appear to show Russian soldiers in the act of surrendering, with several men lying on the ground facing each other with their hands above their heads. And several soldiers are seen coming out one by one from a building and lying next to them in the courtyard.
A voice leading the surrender is heard shouting, “Come out every one. Which of you is the officer? Are you all out? Come out.”
After about 10 were on the ground, another soldier emerged from the same building and appeared to fire in the direction of the Ukrainian soldiers to force them to surrender.
A small explosion is heard before the video ends abruptly.
A second video later shot from a drone at the same location shows the bodies of what appear to be the same Russian soldiers in the courtyard, a few meters away from where they lay in the first video clip.
CNN was unable to verify exactly what happened in the first video, and it’s unclear what happened between these first images and the drone footage.
With information from Olga Voitovych and Radina Gigova.
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