Ukraine is investigating the alleged ‘execution’ of two unarmed Ukrainian soldiers by Russian forces, sparking condemnation and calls for accountability.
Enquiry Launched Into Alleged ‘Execution’
Ukraine has launched an investigation into the alleged ‘execution’ by Russian forces of two unarmed Ukrainian soldiers who had indicated their intention to surrender. The incident has sparked strong condemnation and calls for accountability.
Ukrainian Officials Condemn ‘War Crime’
Ukrainian officials, including the human rights ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets and parliament’s speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk, have condemned the incident as a ‘war crime’, citing the ‘gross violation’ of the Geneva Conventions and the ‘violation of the rules of war’ by Russian forces.
Video Evidence and Reactions
A video posted on Telegram depicted two men, one with his hands raised, being shot at close range by a group of soldiers in Russian uniforms. The public prosecutor’s office in Donetsk said the footage was filmed near the town of Avdiivka, where fighting is ongoing. The Ukrainian army possessed ‘confirmed information’ that the video showed the ‘execution’ by Russian forces of ‘unarmed soldiers’.
International Outcry and Previous Violations
The incident has prompted the Ukrainian army to urge the international community to hold Russia’s military leadership ‘accountable’. This alleged ‘execution’ comes after previous documented violations of international humanitarian law against prisoners of war, as highlighted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.