: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russia’s Sham Trial of Ukrainian Prisoners of War

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Soldiers of Ukraine’s “Azov” Brigade attend a court hearing in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, June 14, 2023.
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In June, Russia’s Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don began criminal proceedings against 13 men and 9 women from the Ukrainian “Azov” Brigade.

The defendants are being prosecuted on several charges under Russia’s criminal code, including alleged actions directed at overthrowing Russia-backed authorities in Ukraine’s Donetska region in the spring of 2022 and involvement in the activities of a “terrorist organization.” Several defendants are also charged with undergoing training for carrying out terrorist activities.

The Azov Brigade is a formation of Ukraine’s National Guard that engages in military functions as a part of …read more

Source:: Human Rights Watch


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