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Ukraine’s attorney general launched an investigation after a video surfaced on social media that Moscow said showed Russian soldiers killed after they surrendered to Ukrainian forces last weekend.

Ukraine’s Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubinets claimed that the Russians surrendered and opened fire first, adding that “responding fire is not a war crime”.

The video – identified by CNN – was filmed on the outskirts of the village of Makeyevka, located in the eastern Luhansk region, about 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) northeast of Liman, but exact details of what happened have remained unclear. .

In a statement released on Tuesday, Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office said the Luhansk regional prosecutor’s office would investigate “perfidy” — actions aimed at gaining the enemy’s trust in order to gain a military advantage — committed by Russian forces during their surrender, which is prohibited by law. international law. Human law.

“According to the results of media monitoring, it became known that in the village of Makievka, Luhansk region, Russian soldiers, simulating surrender to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, shot Ukrainian defenders. Such actions are prohibited by international humanitarian law,” the statement said.

She added that measures will be taken during the pre-trial investigation to determine all the circumstances of this event, as well as provide a legal assessment for all its participants.

On Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia would do “everything possible” to search for those responsible, adding that they should be “punished”.

The Ukrainian Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets, commented on the incident on Sunday, claiming that the Russians surrendered and opened fire first, adding that “responding fire is not a war crime.”

What the video shows: The edited video purports to show captured Russian soldiers in an act of surrender, with many of the men sprawled on the ground on their foreheads with their hands above their heads. One by one, more soldiers were seen exiting a building and lying beside them in the courtyard.

A voice apparently directing surrender can be heard shouting: “Come outside, one by one. Which of you is the officer? Is everyone out? Show up!”

After about 10 men fall to the ground, another soldier emerges from the same building and appears to shoot in the direction of the Ukrainian soldiers who are doing the surrender.

Short gunfire is heard before the video clip ends abruptly.

A second clip filmed later from a drone over the same location shows the bodies of what appear to be the same Russian soldiers in the yard, most of them just a few meters away from where they lay in the first clip.

CNN has been unable to verify exactly what happened in the first video clip, and it’s not clear exactly what happened in the time between the first clip and the shooting of the drone footage.

CNN’s Olga Vojtović and Radina Gigova contributed to this post.

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