Someone seriously needs to make Russia realize that this can’t go on for too long. Ukraine’s foreign ministry has accused Russia of treating Ukrainian prisoners of war illegally and using them for political purposes, and has demanded humane treatment of captured foreigners fighting for Ukraine.
It has urged Russia to adhere strictly to the provisions of international humanitarian law, including the 1949 Geneva Conventions which define international legal standards for humanitarian treatment. Here’s what you need to know.
Ukraine Is Making Another Serious Accusation Against Russia Over The Treatment Over Their Prisoners
According to reports, a statement said that “all foreign citizens and stateless persons” fighting for Ukraine on Ukrainian territory had been voluntarily accepted for military service, and that international humanitarian law should apply to them.
It comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sidelined his childhood friend as head of Ukraine’s security service, and another close ally as top prosecutor, in Kyiv’s biggest internal purge of the war, citing their failure to root out Russian spies.
The careers of SBU security service chief Ivan Bakanov and Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova had personified Mr Zelensky’s policy of putting young loyalists in charge of fighting corruption since the former TV comic came to power in 2019. But nearly five months after Russia’s invasion, the president acknowledged that his two allies had failed to root out traitors and collaborators in their organizations.
Zelensky said late on Sunday the two had been removed from their posts. The deputy head of Mr Zelensky’s administration clarified early this morning that they had been suspended pending further investigation, rather than fired. More than 60 officials from Mr Bakanov’s SBU security agency and the prosecutor’s office were working against Ukraine in Russian-occupied territory, and 651 treason and collaboration cases had been opened against law enforcement officials, Zelensky said in a video address.
“Such an array of crimes against the foundations of the national security of the state … pose very serious questions to the relevant leaders,” Zelensky said.
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