The Ukrainian gunmen who shot and killed Russian prisoners-of-war will be found and punished with all severity of wartime, said Lugansk People’s Republic Acting Head Leonid Pasechnik.
A video posted on the Internet earlier in the day showed Kiev gunmen shooting at more than 11 Russian POWs supposedly in the village of Makeyevka in the LPR’s Svatovo district. The Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over murder and POW abuse.
“We demand that International human rights organization pay attention to the outrages violations by Ukraine of Geneva conventions and hold the culprits responsible,” Pasechnik said. “On our part, we state that we know the full names of the killers. The monsters have signed their own verdict. They will be found, and punished with all severity of wartime.”
He added that the LPR had repeatedly drawn attention to the facts of international humanitarian law violations against its servicemen.
“While the international community keeps silence about Ukrainian crimes, the fascists, feeling impunity, no longer hide their crimes against humanity,” the LPR leader said.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation to protect Donbass residents from Ukrainian aggression. Prior to that, LPR and DPR Heads Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin asked the Russian leader to provide military assistance. On July 3, the LPR militia and Russian armed forces fully liberated the LPR territory from Ukrainian armed formations.
The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. The peace talks that began soon thereafter failed to reach tangible results due to Kiev’s position to settle the conflict by force.
The Lugansk People’s Republic became a part of Russia on September 30, 2022 following the unification referendum.*i*ie