Ukrainian prosecutors have initiated an investigation into allegations that Russian troops killed two soldiers after they had surrendered, according to media reports. The incident is said to have occurred near an observation post close to the village of Stepove near Donetsk, as stated by the Ukraine prosecutor general’s office in a Sunday announcement reported by CNN.
The probe, overseen by the prosecutor's office, was launched following the sharing of a video depicting the incident on social media by the Ukrainian government. The statement underscored that the killing of prisoners of war constitutes a severe breach of the Geneva Conventions and is considered a grave international crime.
The Ukrainian military, on December 2, had confirmed that the footage revealed the execution of two prisoners of war. Since Russia initiated its war against Ukraine in February 2022, numerous accusations of crimes have been levied against Russian forces. However, the Kremlin has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
Earlier this year, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin over allegations of involvement in a scheme to forcibly deport Ukrainian children to Russia, as reported by CNN. Ukrainian authorities are actively investigating a significant number of criminal cases and war crimes, including around 3,000 cases involving children.
(With Agency Inputs)