“Russia and Ukraine have killed prisoners of war: the evidence”, the UN report

The report documents summary executions in a year of war

Dozens of summary executions of prisoners of war by Russia and Ukraine in the conflict that began in February 2022. This was underlined by the UN in a report documenting dozens of cases, according to reports from CNN. The United Nations drafted the document despite Russia’s lack of cooperation and despite the difficulty of acquiring information in the territories controlled by Moscow.

In detail, according to the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN documented the killing of 15 Ukrainian prisoners, the use of prisoners as human shields and the death of 2 soldiers due to lack of medical treatment. The document also refers to the execution of a national guard officer who was tortured and killed for refusing to give the Russians the password to a radio station in Mariupol in April 2022. In September last year, however, men from the Wagner killed a wounded Ukrainian soldier by shooting the soldier 3 times in the chest and once in the head. “Summary executions and attacks on prisoners and people not engaged in combat are prohibited under international law. When it comes to deliberate acts, they constitute war crimes,” the report recalls.

OHCHR officials documented the killing of at least 25 Russian prisoners by the Ukrainian side. The case was investigated with intelligence gathering, site inspections and hearings of witnesses. The story took place in the Luhansk region in March 2022: a group of Russian fighters, probably belonging to formations in support of the army, had not shown their intention to surrender even though they were lying on the ground to take shelter from a Ukrainian raid.