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The Russian Defense Ministry has accused Ukrainian forces of committing a war crime after a video that surfaced on social media on Friday appears to show captured Russian servicemen having been killed.
The footage depicts soldiers dressed in Russian uniforms first surrender to troops in uniforms bearing Ukrainian insignia before being shown lying on the ground, presumably dead.
The ministry described the video as evidence of “a deliberate and methodical murder” of over ten Russian servicemen at the hands of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who “shot them straight in their heads.” Such actions prove the “barbaric nature” of the government in Kiev led by President Vladimir Zelensky, as well as “all those, who defend and support it,” the ministry said.
The video also purports to show a moment when one of the supposed Russian soldiers opens fire on the Ukrainians as his fellow servicemen already lie on the ground with their hands on their napes. At least one Ukrainian soldier was allegedly injured in the incident, according to the footage. It is unclear how this particular episode was linked to what happened to the Russians next.
The Russian Presidential Human Rights Council reacted to the alleged incident by calling for an international probe into what its head, Valery Fadeev, described as a “demonstrative and audacious crime.”