A spokesman for the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) said that the Russian soldiers responsible for executing surrendering AFU troops, as shown in a widely circulated video released this weekend, were themselves killed.
“I can confirm that the group of Russian occupiers who committed this crime no longer exists in the course of further military actions,” said Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman for the AFU’s Tavria Armed Forces Group, while speaking on the program.Yedini Novyni” or “Messages only”
A video posted on Telegram over the weekend showed two Ukrainian soldiers executed at close range by Russian invaders shortly after their surrender. According to DeepState, the video’s publisher, the Russians encountered a trench of Ukrainian defenders near Stepove in the Donetsk region who had run out of ammunition and surrendered. But when the second soldier left the trench, both were shot by their Russian captors.
The Donetsk Region Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation following the release of the footage and expects to file a charge of premeditated murder under Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
As previously reported in the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s Human Rights Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets also commented on the video, calling it a violation of the Geneva Conventions and a “war crime.” Lubinets said the Ukrainian soldiers were “disarmed and their hands raised… They did not pose a threat! The Russian side had to capture them and give them the status of prisoners of war.”
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Shtupun did not provide details about where the suspected Russian soldiers were killed or how they were identified.
Source : www.kyivpost.com