Video Showing Pro-Russian Troops Castrating Ukrainian Fighter Convicted


ODESSA – Amnesty International and the European Union have supported Kiev by calling for an investigation into images circulating online that appear to show pro-Russian forces castrating and executing a captured Ukrainian fighter.

Ukrainian officials promised to identify the perpetrators after a series of horrific videos recently surfaced on pro-Russian Telegram channels showing a group of men, one of whom wore pro-Russian symbols, castrated and executed a prisoner dressed in military uniforms with Ukrainian military insignia.

“This horrific attack is another clear example of complete disregard for human life and dignity in Ukraine perpetrated by Russian forces,” Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said Friday.

in about In a minute and a half video, the tied-up inmate is neutered with a green knife.

A separate video shared on pro-Russian Telegram channels shows a single shot to the prisoner’s head.

The Washington Post could not confirm the date or location of the recordings of the videos.

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Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak described the men in the images as Russian “propagandists” who loved torture. “But the fog of war will not help to avoid punishment for the executioners,” he said tweeted. “We will identify you and get to each of you.”

Social media users, investigative journalists and members of conflict intelligence groups have delved into other images of Russian troops available online, trying to identify the men shown in the videos. The Post could not identify the prisoner in the images.

Aric Tolerdirector of research and training at the research collective Bellingcat, said the presence of the “Z” symbol, which has become an emblem of support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, on a car in the background in a video “goes against some claims …that the video may be old and won’t come out for a year or two.”

The top EU diplomat described the images as an example of the “inhuman, barbaric acts” amounting to war crimes.

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“Evidence in the form of horrific video footage has been widely shared on pro-Kremlin social networks today, showing Russian soldiers committing a horrific atrocity against a Ukrainian prisoner of war,” Josep Borrell said on Friday in reference to the horrific videos. “The European Union condemns in the strongest possible terms the atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces and their proxies.”

There has been no official comment from Moscow on the allegations.

Amnesty’s statement said the London-based rights group documented crimes under international law during Russia’s war against Ukraine, including summary killings of prisoners of Russian-backed separatists and extrajudicial killings of Ukrainian civilians by Russian forces.

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Following the withdrawal of Russian troops from the outskirts of Kiev earlier in the conflict, images of bodies lying in the streets and evidence of torture in Bucha, near the capital, sparked global outrage — and increased Western sanctions against Russia. Moscow has denied the allegations.

As Russian bombs ravage Ukrainian cities, Kiev says it is gathering evidence across the country to investigate and prosecute hundreds of alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces during the war, now in its sixth month.

In April, a Ukrainian official said an investigation would be launched after a graphic video shared online showed the apparent killing by Ukrainian troops of a Russian fighter lying on the ground.

Francis reported from London.

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