World: UN reviewing video of captured Russian soldiers who appear to have been killed at close range, NYT reports

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An Ukrainian soldier looks out from a tank, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in the frontline city of Lyman, Donetsk region, Ukraine April 28, 2022 Jorge Silva/Reuters/file photo © Jorge Silva/Reuters/file photo An Ukrainian soldier looks out from a tank, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in the frontline city of Lyman, Donetsk region, Ukraine April 28, 2022 Jorge Silva/Reuters/file photo
  • The UN is reviewing reports that Ukrainians may have executed 10 Russian prisoners of war.
  • Videos reviewed by The New York Times appear to show Russian soldiers were killed at close range.
  • War crimes have been reported against both Russia and Ukraine since Russia's unprovoked invasion.

The United Nations is reviewing reports that Ukrainians may have executed 10 Russian prisoners of war after videos authenticated by The New York Times appear to show a line of Russian soldiers that had been killed at close range.

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The grisly videos, first posted on Ukrainian news sites and social media channels, do not show the killings, but before-and-after scenes of Russian soldiers lying on the ground in a line, appearing to have been shot dead at close range, The Times reported.

On Ukrainian channels, the videos were shared as examples of the country's successful defense against Russian invaders, according to The Times. According to a statement posted to Telegram by a spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the clips are "further evidence of the crimes committed by Ukrainian neo-Nazis."

"We are aware of the videos and we are looking into them," Marta Hurtado, a spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office said in a statement to Reuters. "Allegations of summary executions of people hors de combat should be promptly, fully and effectively investigated, and any perpetrators held to account." (The French phrase "hors de combat" means "out of combat" and refers to people incapable of performing their combat duties.)

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Allegations of war crimes — including rapes, torture, and executions — have been reported against both Russians and Ukrainians since Russia's unprovoked invasion in February, though Matilda Bogner, head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, told Reuters the mistreatment of Ukrainian prisoners by Russians appears "fairly systematic" while it is "not systematic" for Ukraine to mistreat Russian soldiers.

Representatives of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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In a hospital in Russian-occupied Kherson, the staff’s resistance was part of an eight-month, mostly unarmed campaign by residents to keep the city Ukrainian—and out of Moscow’s full control—for as long as possible. Thousands joined anti-Russian protests in the city’s central square and, when the demonstrations were violently quashed, turned small acts of resistance into part of everyday life—even at the risk of being detained or tortured. Kherson was the only regional capital Moscow seized in this year’s invasion, making it a strategic prize for both sides.

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