Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the president’s office, and other Ukrainian officials commented on the video with Russian prisoners of war. He spoke about this video in an interview with lawyer and journalist Mark Feygin (Russian authorities consider him a foreign media agent).
Arestovich noted that apparently one of the soldiers in the recording decided to offer armed resistance.
“If you decide to surrender and suddenly grab your gun, you are not a resisting hero, but you are committing a war crime against the Geneva Convention,” Arestovich said.
Also, according to him, the decision that the one who surrenders is safe and sound must be made by the one who takes him prisoner.
“We don’t know, and from this video it’s not clear how those who were lying on the ground, or at least some of them, behaved, and in what environment – if they have really were destroyed by firearms by automatic or single fire there – in what environment they died, “- said Arestovich.
Dmytro Lubinets, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, expressed himself in the same vein. In his Telegram channel, he wrote that from individual fragments of the video it can be concluded that “using the scene of surrender, the Russians committed a war crime – they opened fire to defeat Ukrainian Armed Forces”.
“In this case, persons among the Russian military personnel cannot be considered prisoners of war, but fight and commit treason. Return fire is not a war crime. On the contrary, those who want using the protection of international law to kill should be punished,” he wrote.
According to Aleksey Arestovich, an internal investigation is currently underway regarding what is happening in this video.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna also announced an investigation into the case on the sidelines of a security forum in Halifax, Canada. She is quoted by the Canadian channel CNBC.
“Of course Ukrainian authorities are investigating this video,” she said. It is “highly unlikely” that short snippets of the video reflect what Moscow is claiming, she said.
The Ukrainian army has direct orders to take as many prisoners as possible so that they can be exchanged for captured Ukrainians, Stefanyshina noted.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry accused the Ukrainian military of shooting at surrendered Russian soldiers. The charges were based on a video posted on Telegram channels, which was allegedly taken in Makeevka by the self-proclaimed LPR.
In addition to the Russian Defense Ministry, which called the incident a massacre, accusations against the Ukrainian military were also brought by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Human Rights Council to the President of the Russian Federation Russia, the Russian Commissioner for Human Rights and the Commission of Inquiry. They said they had asked many international organizations to investigate “the execution of prisoners”. CNBC recalls that, in particular, the UN human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine has called for further investigation into this case.
Two days ago, researchers from the BBC’s Reality Check project presented the first results of their study of Makiivka’s videos. According to them, it was not possible to confirm the Russian claims based on the video alone.