Latest: Ukraine confirms Russian military executed two Ukrainian soldiers upon surrender
A video has been released showing Russian troops shooting two Ukrainian soldiers as they surrender.
The footage, said to have been filmed near Avdiivka, shows a man emerging from the dugout, raising his hands above his head, then lying face down on the ground.
A few feet from the entrance, several Russian soldiers crouch with guns pointed.
After a while, a second Ukrainian soldier appeared. As he struggled, Russian soldiers opened fire.
Ukrainian blogger Deep state posts video online And it was quickly picked up by others.
Blogger Ihor Radchenkov said: “The Russians have once again broken all the rules of war, and even moral and human laws, which they did not care about.”
Two Ukrainian prisoners of war were shot dead by Russian scum not far from Avdiivka during their surrender.
Once again, the Russians are breaking all the rules of war, as well as moral and humane laws that they didn’t care about. pic.twitter.com/T5BlBFinEp
— Ihor Lachenkov (@igorlachenkov) December 2, 2023
Maria Drutka said the video was evidence of “Russian war criminals”.
❗Russian war criminal
He shot and killed two Ukrainian soldiers who had surrendered as prisoners of war in the Avdiivka and Deep State areas.
Occupation forces entered the position of the 45th Independent Rifle Battalion. The soldiers were forced to surrender due to lack of ammunition. immediately… pic.twitter.com/U1100lmIXP
— Maria Drutska 🇺🇦 (@maria_drutska) December 2, 2023
On Sunday, the Strategic Committee of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed credibility of the image.
A message posted on Telegram said: “The published video shows the execution of two prisoners of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to confirmed information, the Russian occupation forces once again illegally attack unarmed soldiers. Shots were fired,” it said.
This is not the first time Russian forces have killed unarmed Ukrainian soldiers.
In April, a video was released showing Russian troops beheading a Ukrainian soldier.
And in what became an iconic moment for the Ukrainian resistance movement, an unarmed Ukrainian prisoner was shot and killed in March after his last words were captured on video: “Glory to Ukraine.”
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