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Russian forces use Ukrainian prisoners of war as human shields to storm positions. Prosecutors launch investigation

14 December, 2023 Thursday
16:45

Invading Russian forces hide behind Ukrainian prisoners of war during assaults on the battlefield. Prosecutor General's Office launches investigation

Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubinets said this. 

He published a video showing Russians leading captured Ukrainian soldiers at gunpoint toward Ukrainian positions and taking cover behind them. 

The video also shows the moment when the Russian soldier fires a shot in the direction of unarmed men running in the opposite direction from the Ukrainian positions. A few seconds later, when the drone operator zooms in again, the body of a soldier in the Armed Forces uniform is already lying on the ground.

"If the actions in the video are established as official and truthful, it will show that Russia has violated another article of the Third Geneva Conventions. Namely, Article 23, which states that no prisoner of war can ever be sent to an area where he would be threatened by fire from the combat zone. Also, prisoners of war cannot be used to protect any points or areas from military operations," emphasized Lubinets.

In addition, the Prosecutor General's Office launched an investigation.

"The basis for entering information into the Unified State Register was a video that was disseminated on the Internet by Radio Liberty journalists," the statement reads.

Prosecutors clarified that, according to preliminary data, the video was taken in the Zaporizhzhia direction.

  • The Russian military command is planning to send the Bohdan Khmelnytsky battalion, which consists of Ukrainian prisoners of war, to the front soon.
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