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Ukraine’s prosecutor has launched an investigation after a video surfaced on social media that Moscow says shows Russian soldiers killed after surrendering to Ukrainian forces last weekend.

Ukraine’s human rights commissioner Dmytro Lubinets has claimed that the Russians surrendered and opened fire first, adding that “returning fire is not a war crime.”

The video – which has been geolocated by CNN – was filmed on the outskirts of the village of Makievka, which is in eastern Luhansk region, about 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) northeast of Laiman, but the exact details of what happened remain unclear. Stayed .

In a statement on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office said the Luhansk Regional Prosecutor’s Office would investigate “betrayals” – actions aimed at gaining an enemy’s trust in order to gain military advantage – by Russian forces following their surrender. conducted, which is prohibited under international law. human law.

“According to the results of media monitoring, it became known that in the village of Makievka, Lugansk region, Russian troops, imitating the surrender of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, opened fire on Ukrainian defenders. Such actions are prohibited by international humanitarian law,” the statement said.

During the pre-trial investigation, measures will be taken to establish all the circumstances of the incident, as well as to provide a legal assessment of all its participants.

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

The Ukrainian parliament commissioner for human rights, Dmytro Lubinets, commented on the incident on Sunday, claiming the Russians surrendered and opened fire first, adding that “returning fire is not a war crime.”

What is shown in the video: edit video Intends to show captured Russian soldiers in an act of surrender, with several men lying on the ground on their fronts with their hands over their heads. More soldiers are seen coming out one by one from a building and lying next to them in the courtyard.

A voice apparently directing the surrender can be heard shouting: “Come out one by one. Which one of you is the officer? Everyone out? come out!”

After about 10 people fall to the ground, another soldier emerges from the same building and is seen firing shots in the direction of the surrendering Ukrainian soldiers.

Gunshots are heard before the video clip abruptly ends.

A second clip, filmed later from a drone above the same location, shows the same bodies of Russian soldiers in the yard, only a few meters from where they lay in the first clip.

CNN has been unable to verify exactly what happened in the first video clip, and it is unclear what exactly happened in the period between the filming of the first clip and the drone footage.

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

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