Ukrainian POWs abused on Kharkiv front: Local prosecutor’s office investigates

Video screenshots of the Russians' abuse of Ukrainian prisoners
Video screenshots of the Russians' abuse of Ukrainian prisoners

Law enforcement officials have opened a criminal investigation into the ill-treatment of Ukrainian prisoners of war in Kharkiv Oblast, the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office reported on June 3.

The Kharkiv Oblast Prosecutor's Office has launched a pre-trial investigation into the violation of the laws and customs of war. Currently, law enforcers are taking measures to identify the victims and the Russian army personnel.

The recorded abuse is a violation of the Geneva Conventions, according to which prisoners of war are entitled to humane treatment.

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A video showing the Russian troops’ abuse of Ukrainian prisoners of war was posted online on June 2. The clip was filmed in the Kharkiv sector.

It shows the Russians demanding that Ukrainian prisoners of war sing the anthem of the Soviet Union, then beating the prisoners and demanding that a collapsed Ukrainian soldier get up. The Russian troops threaten to kill the captive and shoot him with a machine gun. His eyes are blindfolded at this point.

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Ukrainian ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets also reacted to the video.

"The video shows beatings, humiliation, threats, and an imitation of an execution," he said.

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“Unfortunately, such treatment of Ukrainian prisoners of war is not an exception to the rule, but a common tactic of the occupiers.”

He stressed that such actions are a violation of the Geneva Conventions, according to which prisoners of war have the right to humane treatment. The commissioner also said that he had sent official letters to the ICRC and the UN to document the abuse.

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