Ukrainian parliament commissioner for human rights, Dmytro Lubinets, commented on an incident in eastern Luhansk on Sunday, saying Russian soldiers “are the ones fighting and betraying” and that “returning fire is not a war crime”. Is.”
Russia has accused Ukraine of war crimes after videos surfaced on social media that Moscow says show Russian soldiers killed after surrendering to Ukrainian forces.
The exact details of what happened are unclear.
“From parts of the video about the incident with the Russian military in the Luhansk region, it can be concluded that using the staged surrender, the Russians committed a war crime – they opened fire on the troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” Lubinets said. A Telegram post on Sunday, implying from the video that the Russians may have acted as if they would surrender but did not.
“In this case, people from among the Russian soldiers cannot be considered prisoners of war, but those who are fighting and betraying,” he said. “To fire back is not a war crime. On the contrary, those who seek to use the protection of international law to kill must be punished.”
What is shown in the video: The edited video shows Russian soldiers caught in the act of surrender, with several men lying on the ground on their fronts with their hands over their heads. More soldiers are seen coming out one by one from a building and lying next to them in the courtyard.
A voice apparently directing the surrender can be heard shouting: “Come out one by one. Which one of you is the officer? Everyone out? come out!”
After about 10 people fall to the ground, another soldier emerges from the same building and is seen firing shots in the direction of the surrendering Ukrainian soldiers.
Gunshots are heard before the video clip abruptly ends.
A second clip, filmed later from a drone above the same spot, shows the same bodies of Russian soldiers in the yard, about a few meters from where they lay in the first clip.
CNN has been unable to verify exactly what happened in the first video clip, and it is unclear what exactly happened in the period between the filming of the first clip and the drone footage.
UN investigates: According to Reuters, a spokeswoman for the UN human rights office, Marta Hurtado, said: “We are aware of the videos and we are looking into them. Allegations of summary executions of people are being investigated promptly, thoroughly and effectively.” must be known, and any perpetrators will be held accountable.”
More Context: A UN panel of experts said in September that their investigation found evidence that war crimes, including rape and child torture, have been committed during Russia’s war in Ukraine.