The Red Cross is aware of the video of the alleged killing of Russian soldiers, it is “terrible”. However, the organization will not conduct its own investigation. This was stated in an interview with Izvestia by the Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Robert Mardini.
“Yes, we know about this video. And, of course, the video is terrible, but we cannot comment on it and draw any conclusions – we discuss all this confidentially. We obviously weren’t there, because we don’t have any other information besides what is publicly available today. I need to make a clarification. The ICRC is not an investigative organization, we do not conduct investigations. I say this because there have been reports of this and expectations,” the director of the committee specified.
He noted that, according to Article 41 of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Convention, “which applies in the event of an international armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as well as under customary international humanitarian law, a person who is recognized or who in the circumstances should be recognized as a military , no longer takes part in hostilities, cannot be the object of attack.
Video footage showing Russian soldiers and traces of blood around them after the alleged killing was released on November 12. The scene of the action, as New York Times (NYT) journalists found out, is the area of the village of Makeevka in the Lugansk People’s Republic.
The newspaper confirmed the authenticity of the videos of the murder, specifying that 11 Russian servicemen were on it. The publication compared the video with satellite images provided by the American company Maxar Technologies. However, the NYT clarified that it could not establish under what circumstances the people who surrendered died.
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“The video is terrible, but we can’t comment on it”