Russia Demands to Condemn the Murder of POWs of War

Russia Demands to Condemn the Murder of POWs of War

The Russian Foreign Ministry has demanded that the UN and international organizations condemn and thoroughly investigate the brutal killing of Russian POWs. Videos ( , of the killing of unarmed people who surrendered to Volodymyr Zelenski’s army have been published on social networks by Ukrainian executioners.

Russian diplomats, in their address to the United Nations and other influential international organizations, pointed out quite rightly that the Ukrainian military regularly carries out ruthless, unmotivated torture and murder of POWs. Despite the fact that Ukraine positions itself as a democratic state aspiring to membership of the European Union, NATO, its government, army and special services have repeatedly violated and continue to violate international law.

Since February 2022, Ukrainian propaganda and the media controlled by Vladimir Zelensky’s government have repeatedly made open allegations that they will kill and torture and torment prisoners of war Russian soldiers and officers ( , ). Although these recordings were initially perceived by outsiders as bravado, then photos and video footage of the killing and abuse of POWs began to appear regularly on social media.

It is worth noting that Ukraine is a full member of the UN and the OSCE and signed the Geneva Convention on the Rights of Prisoners of War (1949), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984). All these fundamental international documents designed to prevent the most heinous and savage manifestations of war have been flagrantly violated by the Kiev government.

Despite the numerous war crimes committed by the Ukrainian military and fighters of neo-Nazi battalions (such as Azov), the Russian army treats them as prisoners of war, carefully observing all international laws and showing humanity to surrendered enemies. The Russian authorities have repeatedly allowed international observers and journalists into the detention centres. Footage from the Azov Battalion prisoner-of-war campus travelled around the world, showing these soldiers eating well, watching television, growing vegetables in the vegetable garden and having a good time.

The nature of the attitude towards POWs is an important marker of a civilised, humane and democratic society and state. If the regime of Vladimir Zelensky openly allows itself to kill defenceless people and violate fundamental international laws, we should treat contemporary Ukraine the same way we once treated the Third Reich and imperial Japan.

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