A Ukrainian court sentenced four Russian prisoners of war to eleven years in prison each for war crimesThe Security Services of Ukraine (SBU) reported this Saturday.
The four men were captured in combat in the northern region of Kharkiv in October this year, said a statement from the organization.
Two of them are members of the sixteenth special brigade of the General Directorate of the High General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, the Russian military intelligence service, while the other two are mercenaries employed by a private company, according to the SBU.
The facts for which they have been sentenced occurred in September in the town of Borovawhere the four men participated in the kidnapping of three residents of that town to extract information from them.
The convicts kept the detainees in a pit in the ground with the heads covered by plastic bags and in the course of the interrogations they tortured them “brutally” and threatened to kill them, although they ended up releasing them.
A court in the Poltava region (center) found them guilty this Friday of having conspired to violate the laws of war, according to article 438 of the Ukrainian penal code, and sentenced them to eleven years in prison as the prosecution had demanded. .
The sentence can still be appealed.
In another vein, the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenskyalerted the population to the possibility that the Russian Armed Forces “be active” and can carry out new attacks during the days of Christmas.
“They despise Christian values and any value in general. Therefore, pay attention to overhead warning signs. Help each other and always protect yourself,” Zelensky said, according to the news agency. ukrinform.
Zelensky, who held a meeting at the headquarters of the highest control body of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to monitor the military situation on the ground, has also addressed a separate message to Russian citizens, emphasizing that “terror never goes unanswered”.
On the other hand, the Ukrainian president thanked the us congress for passing a $1.7 trillion bill for the next fiscal year that includes about $45 billion in additional military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.
Russian troops continued this Friday trying to break through the Ukrainian lines in the Donetsk regionwithout success according to the Ukrainian military command, which maintains that Russia is already preparing to defend the annexed Crimean peninsula.
The largest number of attacks by Russian forces was recorded in the region of Donetskwhere Ukrainian troops repelled incursions along with a dozen towns and cities, including Bakhmutan important communications hub, reported the General Staff of Ukraine in a report posted on Facebook.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)