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Russian troops shoot Ukrainian POWs: Prosecutor's office investigating

Russian troops shoot Ukrainian POWs: Prosecutor's office investigating Russian occupants shot Ukrainian prisoners of war near Robotyne (
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Russian war criminals shot Ukrainian prisoners of war near Robotyne in the Zaporizhzhia region. The Prosecutor General's Office has launched an investigation into this crime.

Prosecutors' statements

According to the press service, prosecutors have already initiated criminal proceedings on the fact of violation of the laws and customs of war, combined with premeditated murder (Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

According to the investigation, in December 2023, Russian servicemen took three Ukrainian defenders prisoner during a firefight with Ukrainian soldiers near the village of Robotyne, Zaporizhzhia region.

"An hour later, in violation of Article 3 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, the occupiers shot them dead," the Prosecutor General's Office reports.

Currently, the pre-trial investigation is being conducted by investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine Office in the Zaporizhzhia region.

Video of the shooting being spread online

Today a video was posted on social media showing the alleged execution of captured Ukrainian soldiers of the 117th Brigade by Russian troops. The footage can be viewed here.

The author of this video is a Ukrainian fighter of the 24th Aidar Brigade Stanislav Buniatov. There is no official confirmation that this is the shooting of the 117th Separate Mechanized Brigade.

Other cases of Russian execution of Ukrainian prisoners of war

This is yet another case of gross violation of international humanitarian law on the treatment of prisoners of war by Russia.

This is not the first time that Ukrainian prisoners of war have been executed by Russian invaders. For example, over the past month, a video of Russian troops executing Ukrainian soldiers who had surrendered was revealed.

The use of Ukrainian prisoners of war as human shields on the contact line has also been documented.