Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘war crimes’ for ‘execution’ of captured troops

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Ukraine has launched an investigation into the “execution” of two unarmed soldiers by Russian forces, accusing Moscow of committing a “war crime.” The soldiers were seen on video coming out of a shelter, signaling their intention to surrender before being shot at close range by Russian soldiers. The public prosecutor’s office in Donetsk has started an investigation into the incident, which has been verified as authentic by the AFP news agency.

The Ukrainian army’s strategic communications center confirmed that the video showed the “execution” of unarmed soldiers by Russian forces. Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman denounced the events as a “war crime,” while the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament accused Russian forces of violating the rules of war. There has been no official reaction from Moscow on the video.

In addition to the investigation into the soldiers’ execution, Russia launched at least 12 drones and a cruise missile at Ukraine on Saturday night. Ukrainian air defense systems destroyed 10 drones before they reached their targets, and the cruise missile did not reach its target. The Iranian-made drones were headed towards Ukraine’s northwest, and most were downed in the Mykolaiv region in Ukraine’s south.

Ukraine is preparing for new and intensified waves of Russian attacks on infrastructure as winter approaches. Last winter, about 10 months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moscow made waves of attacks on power stations and other plants linked to the energy network, prompting rolling blackouts in widely separated regions.

The public prosecutor’s office in Donetsk said that the killing of prisoners of war is a gross violation of the Geneva Conventions and is classified as a serious international crime. The Ukrainian army’s strategic communications center said it possessed “confirmed information” that the video showed the “execution” by Russian forces of “unarmed soldiers.”

Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman denounced the events as a “war crime,” and the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament accused Russian forces of violating the rules of war. There has been no official reaction from Moscow on the video.

In March, another video showing a Ukrainian soldier being shot dead after shouting “Glory to Ukraine” drew condemnation. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said his office had documented numerous violations of international humanitarian law against prisoners of war.

The air force’s report could not be independently verified, and there was no immediate comment from Russia. Regional officials confirmed the attack but said they had no information on casualties or damage. Ukraine is preparing for new and intensified waves of Russian attacks on infrastructure as winter approaches. Last winter, about 10 months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moscow made waves of attacks on power stations and other plants linked to the energy network, prompting rolling blackouts in widely separated regions.

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