self defense? Videos suggest shooting of captured Russian soldiers

Kyiv talks of self-defense, UN launches investigation

Were the captured Russian soldiers executed at point blank range?

Cold-blooded execution of defenseless prisoners, or self-defense? Moscow accuses Kyiv of executing the captured soldiers. Kyiv counters that the Russians faked their surrender and planned an ambush. Research confirms this version.


In mid-November, in Ukraine’s reclaimed Luhansk region: one after another, Russian soldiers surrendered and laid them on the ground in a backyard.

For days, Russian media have been reproducing reports that Ukrainian troops are said to have shot Russian POWs at point-blank range. Two 30-second videos are circulating on the Internet showing Russian POWs lying on the ground. One by one, they came out of a hut with their hands up and surrendered. They lie face down on the ground in a backyard. Suddenly, a figure comes out of the hut, a Russian, and opens fire. The video stops abruptly. The second video shows the bodies of Russian soldiers in pools of blood.

Kyiv has denied reports of the alleged execution by Ukrainian soldiers. Rather, his own troops defended themselves against the Russians, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Dmitro Lubinez said on Telegram on Sunday. According to Lubinez, the Russians only faked their surrender. He does not deny the murder of the prisoners, but suggests self-defense.

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