War in Ukraine: Russian soldiers allegedly castrate a Ukrainian soldier in a video

Three videos show how a soldier with yellow and blue stripes – the colors of the Ukrainian flag – lies on the ground with his hands tied behind his back, first gagged, then mutilated, and then shot dead.

CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of the videos, which have gone viral on social media since they first appeared on a pro-Russian Telegram channel. CNN also failed to independently verify the nationality of the perpetrators or victims.

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine stated that it was outraged by the video. In a statement released late on Friday evening, the monitoring mission said that “torture and summary execution of prisoners of war and persons incapacitated are war crimes.”

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine stated that it opened a criminal case on the fact “based on the results of processing a video recording showing how persons in the uniform of servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are torturing a prisoner in the uniform of a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Measures are being taken to establish all the circumstances of the crime.”

In the video that first surfaced, the victim was gagged and surrounded by at least four men, one of whom was wearing what appeared to be a Russian uniform with a “Z” emblem associated with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In the second video, the same man is seen writhing on the ground with a man wearing blue surgical gloves, while what appears to be a Russian uniform cuts off the victim’s underwear with a box cutter. The man uses the same box cutter to castrate him and then holds the mangled genitals in front of the camera. In the video, the perpetrators can be heard saying “hold him, hold him” in Russian.

In the third video, a bound and mutilated man is seen being shot in the head and dragged away.

CNN contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for comment on the video.

The UN Monitoring Mission said on Facebook it was “shocked by recent videos that appear to show the beating, castration and execution of a captured UAF soldier by a person who appears to be a member of the Russian armed forces or an affiliate of them.” armed groups.”

“In one of the videos, a tortured soldier was shot in the head and his body was dragged into a ditch. If this is confirmed, these actions will be considered war crimes.”

The UN Monitoring Mission said: “Unfortunately, this is only the latest in a series of videos documenting the torture and extrajudicial executions of prisoners of war and incapacitated combatants.”

“The HRMMU has publicly reported videos of Ukrainian soldiers shooting three captured Russian soldiers in the legs and, in a separate case, shooting and killing a wounded Russian soldier,” the UN Mission of Observers wrote.

It added: “All parties must refrain from torturing, killing and threatening to show no mercy to captured combatants. They must quickly and effectively investigate all allegations of torture and unlawful killings.”

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on Friday strongly condemned “Russia’s ongoing illegal and unjustified war of aggression against Ukraine and its people, committing new horrifying atrocities day after day.”

“Today, evidence has been widely circulated on pro-Kremlin social media in the form of horrifying videos of Russian soldiers committing heinous atrocities against a Ukrainian prisoner of war,” Borrell said in a statement.

Amnesty International has demanded an investigation into the video.

“This horrific attack is yet another clear example of the total disregard for human life and dignity in Ukraine by the Russian forces. All suspected criminals must be investigated,” said Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

“Since the start of Russia’s war with Ukraine, Amnesty International has documented crimes under international law such as the summary killings of captives by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine and extrajudicial executions of Ukrainian civilians by Russian forces,” she said.

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