- A new photo posted by Ukrainian officials appears to show the skull of a Ukrainian soldier impaled on a stick.
- The news comes recently after the prison was bombed in Olenivka in the Donetsk region, killing 53 prisoners of war.
- This report contains details that some readers may find disturbing.
A new photo posted by a Ukrainian official appears to show the skull of a Ukrainian prisoner of war placed on a stick outside a building in the eastern Ukrainian town of Popasna, which was captured by Russian forces in May.
Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk province, shared the disturbing image on his Telegram channel. Insider has not been able to independently verify the image.
Geolocation tools suggest it’s real, said The Guardianand the gruesome picture was taken at the end of July, not far from the center of Popasna.
Near the head are the remains of a decapitated body, in uniform without hands. Two hands have been placed on metal spikes on a fence on either side of the head, a video shows, The Guardian reported.
“There is nothing human about the Russians. We are at war with non-humans,” Haidai said under the photo.
Popsana is in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, where Russia has fought hard to capture territory after its army was humiliated in the debacle in the first months of the invasion. The Ukrainian army withdrew from the city in early May. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov claimed that his troops had seized control of the city, according to The Guardian.
Allegations of the new atrocity follow the shelling of Olenivka prison housing Ukrainian prisoners of war. Russia and Ukraine blame the other party.
Photos from the shelling show burnt corpses and skeletal remains.
According to a prisoner recently released from the Olenivka prison outside Donetsk, Ukrainian prisoners of war are being tortured and murdered.
“We heard their cries,” Anna Vorosheva told The Guardian. “They played loud music to cover the screams. Torture happened all the time.”
Shortly after the bombing, a video circulated on social media showing a Russian soldier castrating a Ukrainian prisoner.
A Ukrainian member of parliament told Insider: “I wish I could turn back time and not see this video. But we knew this was happening in the occupied territories. The Russian military is raping, maiming and killing Ukrainians, both civilians and prisoners of war. “
Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, reacted to the footage. said“This horrific assault is yet another apparent example of the complete disregard for human life and dignity in Ukraine by Russian forces.”
Meanwhile, the head of Amnesty International’s Ukraine arm has resigned after the human rights organization accused Kiev of endangering civilians and violating international laws with its war tactics, according to reports.
The group said Ukrainian forces had established military outposts in schools, hospitals and civilian areas in violation of international human rights laws.
Oksana Pokalchuk, head of Amnesty International Ukraine, said in a Facebook post late Friday that the report “became a tool of Russian propaganda.” for Politiken.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyyslammed the report and said it had sought to offer “amnesty (to) the terrorist state and shift responsibility from the aggressor to the victim.”
Secretary-General Agnes Callamard told the AFP news agency that Amnesty “fully stands by our research.”