Ukraine parades Russian POWs at press conferences
Ukraine’s military has paraded Russian POWs in front of news cameras in Vladimir Putin’s latest embarrassment as casualties from the war continue to mount.
In an attempt to prove its claim to capture significant numbers of Russian soldiers, Ukrainian officials staged the presentation of groups of POWs at several press conferences.
It comes as President Volodymyr Zelensky’s forces attempt to fight Russian propaganda, including claims that the war is a “special operation” and that Zelensky has fled the country.
Footage shows a group of three Russians, believed to hold military ranks, seated behind a table during a press briefing organized by the Ukrainian Independent News Agency (UNIAN).
In order to prove that they claimed to capture a significant number of Russian soldiers, Ukrainian officials organized the presentation of groups of POWs at several press conferences.
Footage shows a group of three Russians, believed to hold military ranks, seated behind a table during a press briefing organized by the Ukrainian Independent News Agency (UNIAN). A masked Ukrainian soldier sits with a rifle between his legs nearby
Two of the soldiers are visibly injured, one with facial wounds and another nursing a black eye.
A masked Ukrainian soldier sits with a rifle between his legs facing them nearby.
Under the rules for the treatment of prisoners of war in the Geneva Conventions, a military power should not exhibit prisoners for “public curiosity”.
It is unclear what questions the men were asked during the press conference.
The sight of POWs presented to the media is common, with captured soldiers at another reported conference reading statements admitting that the Russian offensive suffered setbacks early in the war.
“The whole column burned down,” said a soldier from a Russian tank unit.
Two of the soldiers are visibly injured, one with facial wounds and another nursing a black eye
Ukraine’s military said Russia today renewed its assault “on all fronts”, with paratroopers landing in Kharkiv, tanks and trucks rolling into central Kherson and strikes in Mariupol and Zhytomyr.
He said his unit was attacked with what he believed to be projectiles from a drone and shoulder-fired anti-tank missiles near Sumy in northeastern Ukraine.
He fled from the unit into a forest and then surrendered to Ukrainian forces.
Ukraine says around 9,000 Russians have been killed or captured in the conflict so far. Russia disputes the figures, claiming to have suffered far fewer casualties than Ukraine.
It comes as Ukraine released the names of more than 100 Russian POWs captured during the country’s ongoing conflict, urging their mothers to come and ‘bring your sons’ home.
Anton Herashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, posted the “very large” list of prisoners of war on Facebook on Friday, according to Newsweek.
Captured Russian soldiers were filmed describing themselves as ‘cannon fodder’ and warning ‘everyone goes in columns and they all die’
The message included a spreadsheet containing personal details of the Russian soldiers, as well as specific details on how their families can travel to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev to pick them up.
Ukraine on Wednesday invited worried mothers of captured Russian soldiers to pick up their sons, in Kiev’s apparent latest attempt to embarrass Moscow after it opened a hotline to let Russian parents know whether their sons are among the dead or captured.
Dozens of videos uploaded to social media show wounded and captured Russians claiming they had no idea they were being sent to invade Ukraine and being used as ‘cannon fodder’ by commanders who launched them into battle against “peaceful peoples defending their territory”.
“Nobody attacked us and what Russia wants from the war, I can’t understand. Mom, dad, I love you,” one said.
At least one of the soldiers urged Kyiv and Moscow to evacuate children from the war zone while another warned that “nobody wants war”.
This photo released by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine on March 5, 2022 shows what is said of the wreckage of a Russian military plane on the outskirts of the city of Chernihiv
A local resident walks through the rubble following a shelling in Markhalivka, March 5, 2022
Meanwhile, a handcuffed prisoner of war broke down in tears and was filmed wiping his eyes after what looked like a relative said ‘I love you’ to him on the phone.
He went on to urge the person to call for an end to the war because “for these motherfuckers it’s just about killing everybody.”
The young soldier also appeared to shed tears for those who die on the battlefield as “they don’t have a funeral”.
“You don’t touch corpses, otherwise the FSB (Russian Federal Security Service) will arrest you,” he said.
Another soldier, wounded in the fighting, was positioned in front of a Ukrainian flag as he addressed the camera.
He maintained the claim that his troops did not know they were about to invade Ukraine and urged Moscow to end the conflict.
“We kill peaceful people,” he said. “This is not our war. Mothers and wives, gather your husbands. There is no need to be here.