The Russian Presidency’s Council for Human Rights this Saturday called on the UN to set up an international commission to investigate alleged executions of Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine.
“We call for the creation of an international commission to investigate the crimes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the militants who fight alongside them, the thorough investigation of all known facts and the punishment of those who committed them in accordance with norms, international laws and legislation. country,” says a statement quoted by the Interfax news agency.
On Friday, the Russian Ministry of Defense accused the Ukrainian military of executing at least a dozen prisoners of war, seen in images that allegedly showed a “methodical and intentional murder”.
Russia had already accused Ukraine in March of having carried out similar executions.
While the ministry’s statement did not provide details of the executions, its release coincided with a complaint made on Friday by pro-Russian authorities in the Donetsk region about a possible massacre of Russian soldiers in the town of Makivka, east of the capital.
The Ministry of Defense limited itself to reporting on the number of those executed and noting that “new video evidence of mass executions inflicted by the Ukrainian military on unarmed Russian prisoners of war confirms the atrocious nature of the Kiev regime”.
For their part, the pro-Russian authorities in Donetsk have announced their intention to hand over the images captured from the executions to the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Amnesty International for investigation.
“It is difficult to comment on the video of the execution of surrendered soldiers in the Makivka settlement without going beyond normative terminology,” the Russian mediator for Human Rights in Donetsk, Daria Morozova, told Russian agency TASS.