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The French Foreign Ministry said it was "preparing a tribunal" to investigate Russia's actions in Ukraine MikeRivero Fri, 12/02/2022 - 13:59

A representative of the French Foreign Ministry said that he was preparing, together with his European and Ukrainian partners, to create a tribunal to investigate Russia's actions in Ukraine. According to him, the work has already begun.

"We have started working with our European and Ukrainian partners," RT quotes him as saying.

The founder of a US-based website that earlier published the same un-redacted documents that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was later indicted for has invited the U.S. Department of Justice to make him a co-defendant with Assange. 

“Cryptome published the decrypted unredacted State Department Cables on September 1, 2011 prior to publication of the cables by WikiLeaks,” John Young wrote in a Justice Department submission form, which Young posted on Twitter on Tuesday.

 The Russian Embassy in Washington on Tuesday condemned the US reaction to the video believed to be showing a massacre of Russian prisoners of war by the Ukrainian military, saying that the US authorities enable a growing sense of impunity of neo-Nazis in Ukraine.

Earlier in the day, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack said that the US was monitoring reports of the shooting of Russian prisoners of war in Donbass. She urged all parties to respect international law.

In two volatile spots in the occupied West Bank, Israel has installed robotic weapons that can fire tear gas, stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets at Palestinian protesters.

The weapons, perched over a crowded Palestinian refugee camp and in a flashpoint West Bank city, use artificial intelligence to track targets. Israel says the technology saves lives — both Israeli and Palestinian. But critics see another step toward a dystopian reality in which Israel fine-tunes its open-ended occupation of the Palestinians while keeping its soldiers out of harm’s way.

The Ukrainian media shared another video showing the atrocities of the Ukrainian Nazis. Laughing Ukrainian militants put a wrapped man in a coffin, claiming that he was a captured Russian serviceman.

The New York Times has in an extremely rare moment (or perhaps more like unprecedented) conducted an in-depth visual investigation of a likely war crime against surrendered Russian troops conducted by Ukrainian forces. Multiple videos from different angles, including drone footage, emerged last week showing the incredibly disturbing scenes as Ukrainian forces were recapturing the village of Makiivka in the Luhansk region. 

The execution of prisoners of war is not a "tragic exception" for the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), the Russian Defense Ministry said, commenting on the video of captive Russian servicemen being executed.

Videos of Ukrainian servicemen executing Russian POWs appear on social media

According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the killing of the captive Russian soldiers was deliberate and methodical.


 

A surprisingly frank article by The New York Times titled “Western Allies Look to Ukraine as a Testing Ground for Weapons” describes how the imperial war machine is capitalising on the US proxy war to test its weapons for future use.

“Ukraine has become a testing ground for state-of-the-art weapons and information systems, and new ways to use them, that Western political officials and military commanders predict could shape warfare for generations to come,” write’s NYT’s Lara Jakes.

 Russia urges international organizations to condemn the execution of Russian prisoners of war by Ukrainian soldiers and to conduct a thorough investigation, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Friday.

Russia’s defense ministry said on Friday that Ukraine had executed more than 10 Russian prisoners of war with direct shots to the head.

The defense ministry was responding to a video circulated on Russian social media which it said showed the execution of Russian prisoners of war.

Reuters was unable to immediately verify either the video or the defense ministry’s claim.

The defense ministry said the video showed “the deliberate and methodical murder of more than ten immobilized Russian serviceman by degenerate Ukrainian soldiers with direct shots to the head.”