UN is Calling for Investigation of Russian POWs Being Shot

UN is Calling for Investigation of Russian POWs Being Shot

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According to Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, a thorough investigation is needed into reports of mistreatment of Russian servicemen captured in Ukraine.

It should be recalled that the Russian Investigative Committee has been already investigating the facts of cruel treatment of Russian prisoners of war on the territory of Ukraine. As Argumenty i Fakty (AiF) reports, those involved will be held criminally responsible.

There are photos and videos on the Internet showing Ukrainian Nazis killing wounded Russian prisoners of war. According to RIA Novosti, New York Times earlier wrote that the authenticity of the video can be confirmed.

These brutal images were described in some detail by the American publication. Its journalists assume that Russian servicemen were ambushed when Russia was withdrawing its troops from the outskirts of Kiev on March 30. The footage was shot, according to New York Times, about 11 kilometers from the town of Bucha. It shows four soldiers in camouflage lying on the ground, three of whom are no longer showing signs of life. However, one “is still alive,” according to AiF, and then the Ukrainian soldier shoots him three times. After that, the soldier no longer shows any vital signs.

Doing so, the Ukrainian soldiers are saying “Slava Ukraini!” (Glory to Ukraine!) They can be identified by the patches on their uniforms with the flag of the country and blue armbands on their sleeves. It is impossible to determine from the video what kind of unit they are but one of them referred to them as “the Belgravia guys,” according to the New York Times. The publication also suggested that Belgravia is an apartment complex just “a few hundred yards” from where the Russian soldiers were killed. Indeed, the Belgravia cottage village is located, as Yandex.Maps service suggests, to the northeast of the village of Dmitrovka.

European countries ignored the fact that during the special military operation in Ukraine conducted by Russia, the treatment of captive Russians violates all international norms and rules, repeatedly stated Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, the head of the Russian National Defense Control Center. However, there was no reaction to these statements neither from the UN or the OSCE nor the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Moscow had previously repeatedly appealed to the UN, the OSCE, and the ICRC, as well as to the French, Turkish, and German leaders, to demand free access to Russian prisoners of war from Kiev.

Meanwhile, evidence of the torture to which Russian servicemen are subjected is spreading on the Internet. It is incredibly hard to watch the videos published on the Web. Just a few days ago, photo and video evidence was posted that shows Russian prisoners of war lying in puddles of blood, which is only possible, as stated in the comments, with stab wounds, not bullet or shrapnel wounds. According to Mizintsev, these actions can only be compared to the methods of the punishers observed during the Second World War.

Western countries are aware of Ukraine's gross violations of all international rights with regard to Russian prisoners of war, wrote AiF, citing Colonel General. At the same time, there is even a tendency that they are trying to help Kiev so that Ukraine avoids responsibility. Mizintsev recalled that as early as April 1, the Ukrainian side notified the British Foreign Office that Kiev was not going to comply with the Geneva Convention when treating Russian POWs.

At the same time, Kiev is attempting to prohibit employees of the International Red Cross from having free access to Russian prisoners of war. According to a representative of the Defense Ministry, this can be interpreted as the fact that not only Ukraine, but also the authorities of European states “become accomplices” to the inhuman crimes committed by Ukrainian neo-Nazis.

As reported by AiF, on April 6, Mizintsev recalled that it was Kiev that had once again disrupted the exchange of prisoners of war. The Russian side delivered 251 prisoners of war to the place where the exchange was to take place, but the Ukrainian side specified and reduced the lists for 24 hours, and then without any explanation Kiev refused the exchange. As Mizintsev stated at the same time, it can be assumed that there is “not everything all right” with the Russian POWs. At the same time, the representative of the Defense Ministry also concluded that the Kiev regime has prepared more than one more provocation following the same scenario that was used in Bucha.

Earlier, Russia's appeal to the UN to investigate the mistreatment of Russian prisoners of war was ignored. Only now, after being asked to comment on a video of neo-Nazis beating Russian soldiers, Stéphane Dujarric said in an interview with RIA Novosti that these actions of the Ukrainian side should be investigated in detail.

Russia launched a special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine to protect the inhabitants of the DPR and LPR from the shelling to which they had been subjected for eight years. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it only strikes military targets with high-precision weapons and tries to avoid cities and towns without fighting. However, Ukrainian units use civilians as “human shields” in their military operations.

Now, evidence of mistreatment of civilians and Russian prisoners of war by Ukrainian troops began to more and more often appear on the Internet. Most of these facts are posted on the Internet by the Ukrainians themselves, as if “boasting of their exploits.”

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