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The Kremlin released a video accusing Ukraine of executing dozens of POWs.

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The Russian Ministry of Defense shared a video circulating on Russian social media on Friday. Unconfirmed footage is said to show Russian soldiers lying on the ground after surrendering to men in yellow sleeves. A gunshot is then heard and a still body is shown in the video. According to the BBC, it is not known by whom or when the video was shot, which was filmed near the village of Makijivka in the west of the Luhansk region.

“The brutal murder of Russian soldiers is neither the first nor the only war crime,” the Russian Defense Ministry said. “It is a common practice in the Ukrainian armed forces, which is actively supported by the Kyiv regime and openly ignored by its Western patrons.”

Russia’s Defense Ministry said the video showed “more than 10 immobilized Russian soldiers being deliberately and methodically killed by corrupt Ukrainian soldiers.”

The Ukrainian side has not yet responded to the allegations. However, Kyiv has previously said it will investigate any alleged abuse and mistreatment by its armed forces. Ukraine has also repeatedly accused Russia of war crimes, which Moscow denies.

“We demand that international organizations condemn this heinous crime and conduct a thorough investigation,” said Marija Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Russia’s Investigative Committee, which investigates serious crimes, later said it opened a criminal case for the execution of “at least 11 unarmed Russian soldiers”. It was stated that the teams continue to work to determine the identities of the people who shot the video.

Marta Hurtado, spokesperson for the United Nations Office for Human Rights, told Reuters they were reviewing the videos. “Allegations of extrajudicial killings of unauthorized soldiers must be promptly, fully and effectively investigated and all perpetrators held accountable.”

Earlier this week, the United Nations said it had met with Ukrainian POWs captured by the Russians. They are subjected to torture and ill-treatment. But he also said he had documented cases of ill-treatment of Russian POWs at Ukrainian facilities.

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Matilda Bogner, head of the UN’s human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine, said the ill-treatment of Ukrainian prisoners by the Russians was “highly systematic”, but that it was not for Ukraine.

Source: Seznam Zpravy

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