Kyiv officials have accused Moscow of committing a war crime based on an unverified video circulating on social media. The footage depicts two surrendering military personnel emerging from a dugout at gunpoint.
In the video, one soldier raises his hands and lies on the ground, followed by a second soldier who also lies down. The Russian troops in the video then seemingly open fire, concluding the footage.
The Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office asserted that the video illustrated individuals in Russian uniforms shooting at close range two unarmed Ukrainian servicemen in the uniform of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who were surrendering. It is worth noting its inability to independently verify the authenticity, date, or location of the video clip. The Russian defence ministry has yet to respond to a request for comment.
As Ukraine’s defensive war against Russia continues into its second winter, families of Ukrainian soldiers gathered in Kyiv to demand relief. Some called for the release of captive troops, while others questioned how long the fatigued soldiers could sustain the daily battle. Many relatives are advocating for fixed terms at the front and an end to open-ended military service.
Organized by the Azovstal Families group, the demonstration seeks the release of prisoners. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted a slowdown in prisoner exchanges with Russia, stating that several thousand have returned home, but many remain in captivity. Mariupol fell to Russia in May last year after a prolonged siege, resulting in significant destruction. Ukrainian fighters at the Azovstal steel plant surrendered, leading to the capture of troops by Russia.
On Sunday, Russian forces reportedly shelled a high-rise apartment block and other civilian buildings in the Kherson region, resulting in at least two deaths and seven injuries. Simultaneously, Ukraine’s energy ministry noted power outages affecting nearly 1,000 towns and villages, with wintry weather impacting western settlements and ongoing fighting affecting others.
A Washington-based think tank, the Institute for the Study of War, assessed that military operations across the Ukrainian frontline have slowed due to adverse weather conditions, including mud hindering vehicle movement and impeding infantry and lighter equipment advancement.