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Ukraine claims that Russia shot soldiers who were about to surrender.



Russia shot soldiers who were about to surrender. – Ukraine

Ukraine claims that Russia shot soldiers who were about to surrender.

According to reports, Russian forces killed Ukrainian soldiers who were about to surrender. Kiev declared it was opening an investigation into these claims.

This is the most recent charge of war crimes leveled against Russia.

Investigating claims that Russian forces shot and killed unarmed and surrendering Ukrainian soldiers was something Ukrainian officials said they were looking into on Sunday. If verified, the Geneva Convention would classify this as a grave international war crime.

A possible offense against the war

A group of Russian troops appears to open fire as the servicemen—one of whom has his hands raised—walk out at gunpoint and lay down on the ground, as seen in the video. It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the video or the conditions under which it was shot, and it was not immediately apparent when the incident occurred.

The General Prosecutor’s office of Ukraine opened the case shortly after the military press office published an online statement confirming the authenticity of the footage.

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“The video shows a group in Russian uniforms shooting, at point-blank range, two unarmed servicemen in the uniform of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who were surrendering,” the office said in a Telegram update later the same day.

There were no official remarks from the Russian military or government on the video as of Sunday night.

Since the beginning, Kyiv, its Western allies, and international human rights organizations have accused Moscow of violating international humanitarian law on several occasions since it launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The Kremlin denies these allegations.

Families rally for Ukrainian soldiers in Kyiv

Families of Ukrainian soldiers staged a protest in Kyiv to demand assistance as the nation’s defensive war against Russia moves into its second winter.

While some demanded the release of captured soldiers, others questioned how long the fatigued soldiers could fight the war on a daily basis.

A large number of the relatives are advocating for the elimination of open-ended military service and fixed terms at the front.

The Azovstal Families organization, which still demands the prisoner’s release, organized the protest.

Families of Ukrainian soldiers show their support for exhausted servicemenAlex Babenko/Copyright 2023 The AP.

“We’re fighting for our prisoners of war, our Azovstal defenders and others,” Katerina Prokopenko, the founder of the Azovstal Families Association, said as she attended the gathering.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said prisoner exchanges with Russia have slowed in the past few months.

Since the start of the war “several thousand” people had returned home, he told the Associated Press, “but more, another several thousand are still in captivity”.

In May of last year, Russia seized control of Mariupol following an almost three-month siege that left much of the strategically important port city in ruins.

Before their government gave the order to leave the plant’s defense and evacuate, Ukrainian fighters remained entrenched in the Azovstal steel plant for weeks.

Russia captured the troops as they surrendered.

Russia launched a wave of shelling in the Kherson region.

In the Kherson region, Russian forces shelled a high-rise apartment building and other civilian buildings on Sunday, resulting in at least two fatalities and seven injuries.

The energy ministry of Ukraine also stated on Sunday that nearly 1,000 towns and villages experienced power outages on that particular day, with hundreds of settlements in the west being severely damaged by wintry weather and others affected by ongoing fighting..

Late on Saturday, the Washington-based think tank Institute for the Study of War concluded that bad weather has caused military activity to slow down along the Ukrainian frontline, making it difficult for infantry and lighter equipment to advance and bogging down tracked vehicles.


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