Rather than treating wounded troops, Russian commanders are shooting their own soldiers on the battlefield.
As Russian troops scramble to keep fighting a stiff Ukrainian resistance, leaders are not only leaving their wounded for dead but are contributing to the killing, according to a report. A video of captured Russian intelligence troops, made by Ukrainian journalist Volodymyr Zolkin and obtained by the Mirror, shows the captured troops explaining how commanders “finished off their wounded.”
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“It was a young man. He was wounded,” one of the captured soldiers says. “He was on the ground. He was asked if he could walk, so he was shot dead with a gun.”
Another soldier in the video reportedly says the instance wasn’t the first time a commander had shot one of his wounded men. The lieutenant colonel was walking around and “shot four or five like this,” according to a third soldier.
Last week, Ukrainian soldiers said Russia was leaving troops’ bodies behind rather than gathering their dead.
"If they (Russian forces) won’t do what they were supposed to do as a matter of honor, then we will do it out of respect for the dead," a soldier going by the call sign "Mukhomor" told AFP. "It doesn’t matter if he is the enemy or not — we don’t judge. These are the rules of international humanitarian law.”
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Early on in the conflict, Ukrainians accused Russian forces of using mobile crematoriums to cover “their tracks.”
In February, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the crematoriums could be used for Russia to cover up its own losses. At the time, there were reports that Russians were being buried in unmarked graves inside Ukraine to cover up their presence there before the invasion Feb. 24.