Moscow vows to “punish” the perpetrators of supposed executions in Ukraine
The Kremlin promised, on Monday, to find those responsible for the killing of a group of Russian soldiers in Ukraine and punish them for what it described as an “execution”, while Kyiv said that these soldiers were killed after a mock surrender.
“It is natural that Russia itself is looking for those who committed the crime. They must be found and punished,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the press. He added that Moscow will turn to international bodies for this purpose, “if it can be useful.”
On Friday, Russia accused Ukraine of executing more than a dozen of its soldiers after laying down their arms, based on videos posted on social media.
In one of the videos, about a dozen soldiers who appear to be Russian emerge one by one from a hiding place with their hands in the air, then lie down with their faces on the ground, apparently at the orders of Ukrainian soldiers, who point their weapon at them.
The video ends abruptly as shadows of other people emerge from the shelter, apparently shooting. Another video clip, filmed by a drone, shows the same place, with about ten corpses of soldiers lying in spatters of blood.
Ukrainian human rights official Dmytro Lubinets said on Sunday that the videos showed “imaginary surrender” and that Russian soldiers had “committed a war crime by opening fire on the Ukrainian armed forces”.
“The Russian servicemen who were killed in this incident cannot be considered prisoners of war,” he added.