Ukrainian war: were Russian soldiers executed at point blank range?

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ukrainian warWere the Russian soldiers executed at point blank range?

A few days ago, videos surfaced online that are said to show the execution of around a dozen Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forces after their surrender. Kyiv claims to have nothing to do with it.

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Videos of an alleged execution of Russian soldiers have been shared on social media since mid-November 2022. According to Russia, the men surrendered in Makiivka in the Donetsk region.

Videos of an alleged execution of Russian soldiers have been shared on social media since mid-November 2022. According to Russia, the men surrendered in Makiivka in the Donetsk region.

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One of the videos shows the soldiers apparently surrendering to several men in camouflage clothing and yellow armbands.

One of the videos shows the soldiers apparently surrendering to several men in camouflage clothing and yellow armbands.

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The soldiers lie down on the ground.  The video stops abruptly when a man dressed in dark opens fire.

The soldiers lie down on the ground. The video stops abruptly when a man dressed in dark opens fire.

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that’s what it’s all about

  • Russia accused Kyiv on Friday of executing several soldiers who surrendered.

  • Kyiv on Sunday denied the charge of the alleged execution.

  • An analysis of two recorded videos should provide clarity.

Moscow and Kyiv are discussing a serious incident in Makiivka, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, in which Russia says Ukrainian soldiers “brutally” executed Russian prisoners of war. The Russian Defense Ministry spoke last Friday of the “premeditated and methodical murder of more than ten tied up Russian soldiers” who were “shot in the head”.

On Sunday, the Ukrainian government denied reports of the alleged execution. On the contrary, the Ukrainian troops defended themselves against the Russian soldiers who only wanted to surrender, the human rights commissioner of the Ukrainian parliament, Dmytro Lubinets, explained on Telegram.

Lubinets said video “clips” showed Russian soldiers using a “false surrender” to “open fire on Ukrainian forces.” This is a “war crime”.

What do the videos show?

Two 30-second videos of the incident have been circulating on social media for several days: a video captured by a drone shows soldiers apparently surrendering and lying face down on the ground in a backyard. Shortly after, gunshots are heard and the video stops abruptly.

Days later, another video filmed from the ground by a person present at the scene showed about a dozen bodies in pools of blood. In the recordings, voices are heard asking if all the men who were hiding in a shed came out.

The people in the video speak Ukrainian, while the prisoners’ uniforms look Russian. At the end, an armed man, dressed in dark, appears and opens fire. It is not clear if he is a Russian or a Ukrainian. The blurry video also doesn’t show what he’s shooting at.

UN examines the recordings

Based on the recordings, the “BBC» unable to verify Russia’s allegations. But now it is clear that the first shots from the air and those from the ground correspond to the same scene, writes the British broadcaster. In the recordings, a green-roofed front door can be seen, and in both videos there is also a red toy car in the courtyard.

When asked by AFP, a UN spokesman said the UN was “aware of the videos” and was “investigating” them. The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine recently said it had credible reports of torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of war on both sides.

Are you or someone you know concerned about the war in Ukraine?

Here you can find help for yourself and others:

Questions and answers about the war in Ukraine (Secretary of State for Migrations)

Outpatient clinic for victims of torture and war SRK, phone 058 400 47 77

fear of war?Pro Juventus predictions

Advisory service (German, Ukrainian, Russian) of Pro Juventus

Free counseling for children and young people in Ukrainian.

Offered HandConcerns Hotline, Tel. 143

For youngadvice for children and young people, Tel. 147

Registration and information for host families:

swiss aid to refugees, phone 058 105 05 55

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