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Russian soldier allegedly castrates Ukrainian prisoner on video

Russian soldier allegedly castrates Ukrainian prisoner on video

Part of a rocket sticks up near a sunflower field near Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Saturday. Photo by Sergey Kozlov/EPA-EFE

July 30 (UPI) — The US has accused Russia of potential war crimes following a shocking video emerged purporting showing a Russian soldier castrating a Ukrainian prisoner.

“The [U.N.] is shocked by recent videos that clearly show the beating, castration and killing of a captured serviceman of the Ukrainian MILITARY by way of a man thought to be an associate of Russia’s MILITARY or affiliated armed groups,” the U.N. Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said in a statement.

“Among the videos shows what sort of tortured serviceman is shot in the top, and his body is dragged right into a ditch. If confirmed, these actions will undoubtedly be classified as war crimes.”

The Monitoring Mission added that the video is “just the most recent in some videos documenting the torture and extrajudicial executions of prisoners of war and non-combatants by warring parties.”

The video circulated online after first appearing on a pro-Russian channel on Telegram and also have been reviewed the Washington Post and The Guardian along with CNN, although news reports each noted they were not in a position to verify the authenticity of the video.

Aric Toler, head of research and training at the Dutch investigative outlet Bellingcat, suggested on Twitter that the video were authentic and noted that the Russian soldier seen on the video mutilating the Ukrainian prisoner have been shown in videos from the Azov steel plant in June.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International issued a statement Friday needed an investigation in to the video.

“This horrific assault is just one more apparent exemplory case of complete disregard for human life and dignity in Ukraine committed by Russian forces,” said Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

“Those suspected of criminal responsibility should be investigated and, when there is sufficient admissible evidence, prosecuted in fair trials before ordinary civilian courts and without recourse to death penalty.”

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