The United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice said Wednesday that there are “credible reports” alleged the Russian armed forces of executing surrendering Ukrainian troops.
According to Ambassador Beth Van Schaack, “credible reports” said that Russian troops killed surrendering Ukrainian armed forces “execution-style.” The report allegedly said that Ukrainian troops have shown signs of torture. Cases of sexual violence against women and girls were also accounted, Van Schaack said.
“We now have credible information that a Russian military unit operating in the vicinity of Donetsk executed Ukrainians who were attempting to surrender, rather than take them into custody,” said Van Schaack.
Van Schaack said that the interpersonal violence, if true, had violated the laws of war. The ambassador added that perpetrators of such crimes must be made accountable.
Putin, during his meeting with United Nations Chief António Guterres Tuesday, said that Russia has been giving medical assistance to Ukrainian armed forces that have surrendered. He said that Ukrainian armies have been kept in “absolutely normal conditions.”
The U.S. vowed to support international investigations on war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine. Van Schaack said that the U.S. has been funding multinational teams of expert and other prosecutors to give advice to Ukrainian prosecutors on collecting, preserving, and analyzing evidences.
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