Recent reports from volunteers who wanted to fight alongside Ukrainian armed forces, have made claims, yet to be verified, that Ukrainian soldiers have been executing Russian prisoners of war.
One such volunteer, a Danish soldier who uses the pseudonym Jonas, alleged that Ukrainian soldiers executed Russian prisoners, saying: “I have heard of one successful prisoner exchange, and that’s it,” and adding: “People are being killed.”
Jonas told state-owned Danish broadcaster TV2 that he joined to fight alongside Ukrainians because he is a marksman. Jonas said he had killed Russian soldiers, but not Russian prisoners.
The Dane told the broadcaster that they had captured an 18 year old computer programmer fighting for Russia – who was buried the next day after Ukrainian soldiers killed him.
The broadcaster said there was no way to verify what Jonas had seen, but cited that instances of similar behavior had occurred previously by Ukrainian forces.
The Command of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, had implied through its Facebook page, that Russian soldiers who surrendered would be executed – of course raising would be a war crime.
“From now on, there will be no more captured Russian artillerymen. No mercy, no ‘please do not kill, I surrender’ will not pass,” the post stated, adding that such Russians would be “slaughtered like pigs.”
The Facebook post was edited and these comments were removed. They then made another post with a video of what they said was a Russian soldier who had been captured and had “killed Ukrainian children with [a] jet fire system” and realized “the horror of what was happening [and] made a wise decision and gave up, falling under the Geneva Convention.”
Quite the backtrack.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky released his own statement, telling Russian soldiers: “On behalf of the Ukrainian people, I give you a chance. Chance to survive. If you surrender to our forces, we will treat you the way people are supposed to be treated. As people, decently.”
Videos have been circulating social media, allegedly showing Russian soldiers being brutally killed by Ukrainian soldiers after they had surrendered.
One video published over the past week, allegedly showed a wounded Russian soldier being killed by a Ukrainian soldier near Kyiv.
Dmytro Kuleba, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, said he was aware of such videos but had not seen them himself and that the Ukrainian military “observes the rules of warfare. There might be isolated incidents of violations of these rules and they will definitely be investigated.”
There is no doubt that there is a huge amount of propaganda happening right now, driven by the mainstream media and facilitated by Big Tech.
There is never an excuse to commit war crimes and such actions will only make the situation far worse than it already is.