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Russia accuses Ukraine of killing 65 of its own PoWs by shooting down plane

Moscow, Russia Reuters Russia accused Ukraine on Wednesday of deliberately shooting down a Russian military transport plane carrying 65 captured Ukrainian soldiers to a prisoner exchange in what it called a barbaric act of terrorism that had killed a total of 74 people.  The Russian defence ministry said six Russian crew members and three Russian […]

Ukraine says half energy system crippled, Kyiv facing possible “shutdown”

Ukraine Zaporizhzhia mortar

Kyiv/Kherson, UkraineReuters Russian missile strikes have crippled almost half of Ukraine’s energy system, the government said on Friday, and authorities in the capital Kyiv warned that the city could face a “complete shutdown” of the power grid as winter sets in. With temperatures falling and Kyiv seeing its first snow, officials were working to restore […]

Both Russia and Ukraine tortured prisoners of war, UN says

UN headquarters building

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday that both Russia and Ukraine have tortured prisoners of war during the nearly nine-month conflict, citing examples including the use of electric shocks and forced nudity. The UN’s Ukraine-based monitoring team based its findings on interviews with more than 100 prisoners of war on […]

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says Red Cross inactive on prisoners of war

Ukraine Kyiv President Volodymyr Zelenskiy 27th Sept

Reuters President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday accused the International Committee of the Red Cross of inaction in upholding the rights of Ukrainian prisoners of war and urged it to undertake a mission to a camp in the Russian-occupied east of the country. His chief of staff issued an ultimatum to the ICRC to launch a […]

Ukrainian soldiers accuse Russians of abuses in captivity

Ukraine Lviv protest

Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters Three Ukrainian soldiers who say they were wounded and taken prisoner by Russia after one of the war’s biggest battles and later released, on Monday accused their captors of torture and psychological pressure. The men, part of a force that spent weeks fighting from a vast steelworks in the southern port of […]

Red Cross chief “cautiously positive” about possible prisoner visits in Ukraine

ICRC Peter Maurer Nov 2020

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross told Reuters on Tuesday that he was “cautiously positive” the ICRC would gain access to Ukrainian and Russian prisoners held in the context of the conflict. The general staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said on Tuesday that it was holding 200 Russian prisoners […]