by Cassandra Fairbanks, The Gateway Pundit:
Videos that surfaced late last night purportedly show members of the Ukrainian military shooting Russian POWs in the knees and beating them senseless.
Several correspondents from around the world have called on the International Criminal Court, which Ukraine has invited into their country, to investigate and verify these potential war crimes.
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Videos allegedly showing Ukrainian soldiers shooting Russian prisoners of war in the knees have hit the internet alongside a series of clips from the Ukrainian army calling the families and loved ones of deceased Russian soldiers in order to mock their deaths. The footage embedded below is graphic and viewer discretion is advised.
While The Gateway Pundit is unable to independently verify the content of these videos, a foreign correspondent from the BBC has indicated that she reviewed the clips. “Seeing (not sharing) graphic videos from Ukraine. In accepting ICC jurisdiction, Ukraine has enabled ICC prosecutors to investigate allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity on both sides,” she tweeted. “Rhetoric from some politicians suggests focus on Russians alone.” Reporters from Sweden’s SVT and Bellingcat’s Elliot Higgins have also acknowledged the release of the videos.
Seeing (not sharing) graphic videos from Ukraine.
In accepting ICC jurisdiction, Ukraine has enabled ICC prosecutor to investigate allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity on both sides…
Rhetoric from some politicians suggests focus on Russians alone ⚖️
— anna holligan 🎙 (@annaholligan) March 27, 2022
Firstly, I personally can’t say neither this nor that regarding the veracity of the video (also, warning: graphic content) and what is said about it. But Eliot is right that it’s important to investigate also this type of incident. I hope some clarification will be forthcoming. https://t.co/uQs3aeYNdV
— Carl Fridh Kleberg (@FridhKleberg) March 27, 2022
Russian commentators who have been tracking the war on Telegram suggested that provoking an equally brutal response from Russia could be the true motive behind the release of these videos. On one hand, the media in the West is unlikely to promote war crimes committed by the Ukrainians, but if Russia retaliates in kind, that will surely get a significant amount of airtime.