Russia’s defence ministry cited a video circulating on their social media which reveals the execution of 12 troopers.
Russia’s defence ministry on Friday accused Ukraine of executing greater than 10 Russian prisoners of warfare in what Moscow mentioned constituted a “warfare crime”, the newest allegation of abuse within the practically nine-month-long warfare.
The ministry cited a video circulating on Russian social media which it mentioned confirmed the execution of Russian troopers. Reuters was unable to instantly confirm both the video or the defence ministry’s declare.
“This brutal homicide of Russian servicemen is neither the primary, nor the one warfare crime,” the defence ministry mentioned.
“That is frequent observe within the Armed Forces of Ukraine that’s actively supported by the Kyiv regime and blatantly ignored by its Western patrons.”
There was no speedy response from Kyiv to Moscow’s claims. Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russia of warfare crimes, claims that Russia has denied.
The video seems to indicate Russian troopers mendacity down on the bottom in Makiivka, within the Luhansk area of japanese Ukraine, after surrendering to armed males with yellow bands on their arms.
Then automated gunfire rings out and the video reveals the our bodies. Roughly 12 our bodies are proven. It was unclear when the video was filmed or who filmed it.
The Russian defence ministry mentioned the video confirmed “the deliberate and methodical homicide of greater than 10 immobilised Russian servicemen by degenerate Ukrainian troopers.”
The defence ministry mentioned the video was an indication of the “atrocious nature” of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his “regime” in Kyiv, and mentioned he would “reply earlier than the court docket of historical past and the folks of Russia and Ukraine”.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which investigates severe crimes, mentioned later it had opened a felony case into the execution of “no less than 11 unarmed Russian servicemen.” In an announcement, it mentioned investigators have been working to determine the individuals who had filmed the video.