Ukrainian government to launch an “immediate investigation” into claims that Russian prisoners of war were being mistreated by Ukraine troops.
Graphic videos have appeared on social media which allegedly shows that Russian soldiers being shot in the legs by Ukrainian troops.
The Ukraine government have said they are taking these allegations “very seriously” but Ukrainian defence forces believe Russia use staged videos in “order to discredit” them.
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Ukraine’s senior presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said,”The government is taking this very seriously, and there will be an immediate investigation.
“We are a European army, and we do not mock our prisoners. If this turns out to be real, this is absolutely unacceptable behaviour.”
Ukraine’s head of the armed forces has dismissed the videos as Russian-staged propaganda.
General Valerii Zaluzhnyi said, “In order to discredit the Ukrainian defence forces, the enemy is filming and distributing staged videos with inhumane attitude of ‘Ukrainian military’ towards Russian prisoners.
“I urge you to take into account the realities of the information and psychological war and trust only official sources.”