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Chilling radio intercepts released by the Ukrainian armed forces reveal a Russian commander ordering his men to massacre unarmed civilians.
Ukrainian intelligence operatives claim to have hacked Russian radio communications during the siege of Mariupol.
In the intercepted radio messages, which have not been verified, a Russian soldier tells his commander that he can see two people – apparently civilians – in his sights.
The commander orders: “Take them all out! Kill them all!” and the Russian soldier responds: “Understood”.
A few moments later, the commander asks: “What are you waiting for?”
When he’s told “it is a village of civilians” the commander rages: “Shoot the civilian cars.”
The chilling order is one of dozens of reports of Russian atrocities in Ukraine amid war crimes allegations.
Amnesty International has reported dozens of incidents, including one case of a mum who was raped at gunpoint after her husband was shot dead in Ukraine.
Secretary General of Amnesty International Agnès Callamard said: "In recent weeks, we have gathered evidence that Russian forces have committed extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings, which must be investigated as likely war crimes.
"Testimonies shows that unarmed civilians in Ukraine are being killed in their homes and streets in acts of unspeakable cruelty and shocking brutality.
"The intentional killing of civilians is a human rights violation and a war crime. These deaths must be thoroughly investigated, and those responsible must be prosecuted, including up the chain of command."
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says that Vladimir Putin’s invasion force was sent on a “deliberate campaign” of rape, murder, terror and torture in Bucha.
He is one of several high profile figures describing Putin as a “war criminal,” although he added that “we have to gather the information” before any prosecution.
Russia has consistently denied the reports of war crimes in Ukraine, claiming the Ukrainians had faked the footage of dead civilians lying in the streets of Bucha.
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Russian soldiers have reportedly been banned from using social media to prevent them from seeing reports of the Ukrainian claims.
The deputy commander of Russia’s western military district ordered officers to restrict troops' use of social media, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Russian field commanders have complained that Kyiv's "false information” is breaking their troops’ morale.
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“Commanders of all ranks in a number of units have faced opposition from personnel expressing dissatisfaction with the conduct of the special military operation in Ukraine,” a report from Russian intelligence sources reads.
Reports have also emerged that Ukrainian troops have committed war crimes themselves, summarily executing Russian POWs.
- Vladimir Putin
- Russia Ukraine war
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