The Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets, commented on Sunday on a incident in eastern Luhansksaid that Russian servicemen “are those who are fighting and committing treason” and that “returning fire is not a war crime.”
Russia has accused Ukraine of committing war crimes after the video surfaced on social media, which Moscow says Russian soldiers were killed after surrendering to Ukrainian forces.
The exact details of what happened are still unclear.
“From several videos of incidents with Russian troops in the Luhansk region, it can be concluded that using staged surrender, the Russians committed a war crime – they opened fire on the troops of the Russian Armed Forces. Armed Forces of Ukraine,” Lubinets said in a statement. a Telegram post on Sunday, implying that the Russians in the video could have acted as if they were going to surrender but they weren’t.
“In this case, those in the Russian servicemen cannot be considered prisoners of war, but people who are fighting and committing treason,” he said. “Firing back is not a war crime. On the contrary, those who want to take advantage of the protection of international law to kill people must be punished.”
What the video appears to show: The video has been edited to show captured Russian soldiers performing the act of surrender, with some men lying on the ground with their hands over their heads. Several other soldiers were seen one by one coming out of a building and lying down next to them in the courtyard.
A voice that seemed to direct the surrender could be heard shouting: “Get out, one by one. Which of you is an officer? Is everyone out yet? Go out!”
After about 10 men fell to the ground, another soldier emerged from the same building and appeared to open fire at the Ukrainian soldiers who were proceeding to surrender.
A shotgun blast rang out before the video clip ended abruptly.
A second clip taken later from a drone above the same site shows the bodies of what appears to be Russian soldiers in the yard, most of them just a short distance from where they were in the first clip. first few meters.
CNN was unable to verify exactly what happened in the first video clip, and it’s unclear exactly what happened in the amount of time that passed between the first clip and the drone footage. .
The United Nations investigates: Marta Hurtado, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Office for Human Rights, said, according to Reuters: “We are aware of the videos and we are reviewing them. Allegations of mass executions of combatants should be investigated promptly, fully and effectively, and any Every offender must be held accountable.”
More context: A UN panel of experts said in September that their investigation had found evidence of war crimes committed crimes during Russia’s war in Ukraine, including cases of rape and torture of children.