Russian commanders are slaughtering their own wounded soldiers instead of retrieving them from the battlefield for treatment, according to Putin‘s own troops.
A lieutenant-colonel was accused of personally shooting dead multiple troops as they lay injured.
The commander asked one soldier if he could walk, and when the man replied he could not, the officer killed him instantly.
The chilling account comes from young army intelligence troops captured by the Ukrainians.
They are shown speaking in a video clip made by Ukrainian journalist Volodymyr Zolkin who has chronicled Russian captives for Open Media Ukraine.
One soldier told how commanders had ‘finished off their wounded’.
Asked by Zolkin what he meant, the captured Russian said: ‘Just like that…a wounded soldier is lying on the ground, and a battalion’s commander shoots him dead from a gun.’
He explained: ‘It was a young man, he was wounded.
‘He was on the ground. He was asked if he could walk, so he was shot dead with a gun.’
A second soldier said on the video: ‘The most important thing – this wasn’t a single case. The Lieutenant-Colonel was walking around….’
A third soldier then says: ‘He shot four or five like this.’
The second soldier says: ‘They were all young men.’
The third added: ‘They could have been rescued, given help, taken out of there. He simply shot them dead.’
There was no clarity from the video where in Ukraine the alleged shooting of wounded soldiers by their commander took place.
Nor was it clear from the exchanges where the men had been captured, or in which unit they served.
The video came as Ukraine has accused Russia of failing to take back its dead.
Some corpses are loaded in white body bags on refrigerated train wagons.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Ostorozhno Media that the Kremlin has ‘no information’ on either the bodies of the dead soldiers nor the wounded in Ukraine.
He was told: ‘People from all over the country write in social networks that they cannot even get the bodies [of the dead soldiers in Ukraine]. The captives are in trouble too…
‘What will we do with our dead and will we exchange captives?’
He replied: ‘We do not have this information. It is with the Ministry of Defence.’