Amnesty International has claimed that it has evidence proving torture in captivity and execution-style killings of four Ukrainian troops at the hands of pro-Russian armed groups.
Branding the atrocious acts perpetrated by the pro-Russian group as “war crimes”, rights group Amnesty International has called for a thorough investigation.
“The new evidence of these summary killings confirms what we have suspected for a long time. The question now is: what are the separatist leaders going to do about it?” said Denis Krivosheev, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Director at Amnesty International.
“The torture, ill-treatment and killing of captured, surrendered or wounded soldiers are war crimes. These claims must be promptly, thoroughly and impartially investigated, and the perpetrators prosecuted in fair trials by recognized authorities,” added Krivosheev.
Amnesty mentions the video of one Ukrainian soldier Ihor Branovytsky, in which he is seen being interrogated in captivity. Also seen are signs that say that he was hit on face. Amnesty says that he remained in captivity till he was killed.
Amnesty also claims having “seen videos documenting the captivity, and pictures of the dead bodies, of at least three other members of the Ukrainian armed forces, reportedly being held in a morgue in Donetsk”.