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Execution of prisoners of war in Krynky. Ombudsman appeals to UN and Red Cross

Execution of prisoners of war in Krynky. Ombudsman appeals to UN and Red Cross Dmytro Lubinets, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights (photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Ukraine has appealed to the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross over the shooting of Ukrainian prisoners of war by the Russian occupiers, states Ukrainian ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets.

As the ombudsman wrote on his Facebook page, he immediately sent official letters to the UN and ICRC to have the organizations document this fact.

"The killing of prisoners of war is a blatant violation of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War and a grave international crime. Unfortunately, such cases are not uncommon and are a systematic practice of the insidious enemy," he emphasized.

Lubinets noted that another Russian crime should become part of the evidence base for the tribunal against Russia.

"The international community must give Russia a clear signal that the traces of war crimes cannot be hidden. War crimes have no statute of limitations. And those who committed them and those who gave criminal orders will be in the dock," the Ombudsman summarized.

Execution of prisoners of war in Krynky

A video of the execution of Ukrainian military prisoners allegedly in Krynky, in the left bank of the Kherson region, has been posted online. The recording shows a representative of the Russian Armed Forces firing several shots at three unarmed, motionless soldiers.

The Ukrainian prosecutor's office is already conducting an investigation into the violation of the laws and customs of war by the Russian occupiers.

Russian crimes against prisoners of war

This is not the first time the Russian army has violated the Geneva Conventions by shooting Ukrainian prisoners of war. Such cases have been recorded, in particular, in Avdiivka, near Robotyne, Bakhmut, and in the Olenivka colony.

According to the UN, this winter alone, the Russian occupiers executed 32 Ukrainian prisoners of war.