Russia comments on a circulating video of 10 of its soldiers tied up before being “killed” in Ukraine

Russia has accused Ukraine of war crimes, and Moscow says videos circulating on the Internet show Russian soldiers being killed after they surrendered to Ukrainian forces.

Moscow says videos circulating on the Internet show Russian soldiers being killed after they surrendered to Ukrainian forces.

CNN geolocated the videos on the outskirts of Makeyevka, a recently liberated village in the eastern Luhansk region.

The edited video claims to show a group of Russian soldiers lying on the ground with their hands above their heads.

More soldiers were seen exiting a building and lying beside other troops in the yard.
A man can be heard shouting: Get out, one by one, which one of you is the officer?
Did everyone get out? Get out.

Then a short gunfire is heard before the video cuts off.

A second video, filmed from a drone, shows the same men lying dead on the ground, surrounded by pools of blood.

We cannot verify exactly what happened in the first clip or what happened between clips, but we know from Reuters that the UN human rights office is aware of the video and is investigating.

Meanwhile, CNN has reached out to the Ukrainian General Staff for comment twice but has not yet received a response.

The Russian Defense Ministry says the video shows the “deliberate and systematic killing of more than 10 bound Russian servicemen”.

The execution of prisoners of war is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. Ukraine has also accused Russia of multiple war crimes since the invasion began.

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