Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

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There are growing concerns about the POW trials planned in Russian-occupied Mariupol, with Washington and Moscow bartering barbs over the plans.

“Show Trials”: On Wednesday, the US State Department said the Kremlin was using the trials as an attempt “to shift responsibility for President Putin’s war of aggression and divert it from overwhelming evidence of the atrocities committed by Russian forces in Ukraine. ”

The State Department said it strongly condemned the “scheduled show trials” and described them as “illegitimate and a mockery of justice.”

“All members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, including domestic and foreign volunteers who are part of the Armed Forces, are entitled to prisoner of war status if captured and should receive treatment and protection commensurate with that status, according to the Conventions of Geneva,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Russian response: The Russian embassy in Washington responded early Thursday, accusing the US of “baseless allegations” against Russia.

It added that the “upcoming trial is aimed at bringing justice to war criminals, including Nazis from the Azov regiment.”

The embassy added that Washington was “clearly afraid to disclose evidence of the inhumane acts committed by members of this terrorist organization,” citing Russia’s claims that it launched a “special mission” to protect itself from genocide by at the hands of “neo-Nazis.”

No start date: Denis Pushilin, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), said the trials will involve soldiers of the Ukrainian “regular army” as well as members of the Azov regiment.

Pushilin told Russian television on Thursday that “all war criminals will be court-martialed at the tribunal”.

However, Ukrainian official Petro Andrushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, said the DPR has not announced a start date for the trials.

“Most likely this is due to the lack of ‘confessions’ from our Heroes themselves,” Andrushchenko, who is not himself in Mariupol, said on his Telegram channel on Thursday.

The area around the building planned to host the trials will remain closed, he added.

Some context: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights this week expressed concern over the trials, saying that intentionally robbing prisoners of war is a war crime, and that international humanitarian law prohibits the creation of courts solely dedicated to trying prisoners of war. .

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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