21 Nov 2022 3:11 pm
A series of videos appeared on the internet last week, allegedly showing Ukrainian troops killing Russian prisoners of war. The US newspaper New York Times has now confirmed that the clips are authentic. However, many questions remain unanswered.
On Sunday, the American newspaper New York Times reports that it is confirming the authenticity of videos showing alleged executions of captured Russian soldiers by Ukrainian troops. According to the newspaper, the Russian soldiers appeared to have been shot at close range. What actually happened to the soldiers remains a mystery.
“The videos, authenticated by the New York Times, offer an isolated glimpse of one gruesome moment of many in this war, but do not show how or why the Russian soldiers were killed.”
According to the newspaper, at least 11 Russians were apparently shot dead at close range after one of their comrades-in-arms suddenly opened fire on nearby Ukrainian soldiers.
Further quoted the New York Times dr Rohini Haar, medical advisor at the human rights organization Physicians for Human Rights. According to her, it looks like most of the soldiers have been shot in the head. In addition, killing or wounding a combatant who has laid down his arms or is no longer able to defend himself is a violation of the laws of international armed conflict.
“There are pools of blood. This suggests they were just left dead. It seems no effort was made to take them or help them.”
According to the newspaper, the events shown in the clips happened in mid-November in the village of Makeyevka in the Lugansk People’s Republic. The first video shows Russian soldiers surrendering to Ukrainian troops and lying on the ground. In a second clip, their bodies can be seen lying motionless in pools of blood. Another silent video, also said to have been taken at the scene, allegedly shows a Russian soldier coming out of a building and shooting at the Ukrainians.
Russia has described the clips as evidence of a “premeditated and methodical murder” of its soldiers by Ukraine. The UN has called for an investigation into the videos, which Ukraine agreed to.
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