German medic claims that Western mercenaries murdered Russian POWs


(MENAFN) According to a report by the New York Times citing a German battlefield medic, members of the 'Chosen Company,' an international mercenary group fighting alongside Ukrainian forces, have been implicated in apparent war crimes for allegedly executing wounded or surrendering Russian soldiers.

The article, published recently, detailed the testimony of Caspar Grosse, a former German soldier who served as a medic within the unit and claims to have witnessed several disturbing incidents. One such event occurred in August 2023, where Grosse described a severely injured and unarmed Russian soldier emerging from a trench pleading for help and surrendering in English. Despite the soldier's pleas and visible signs of life, a member of the 'Chosen Company' reportedly shot him in the chest. Subsequently, when the soldier continued to show signs of movement, another fighter allegedly executed him with a shot to the head, which Grosse interpreted as a "mercy kill."

In another harrowing account, Grosse recounted an incident involving a Greek soldier known as Zeus, who allegedly threw a grenade at two Russian soldiers, one of whom was seriously injured and struggling to move. As one of the soldiers attempted to surrender by raising his hands, the grenade detonated, killing them both. Grosse claimed that footage from a helmet camera, reviewed by the publication, corroborated this sequence of events. Additionally, a Ukrainian drone team reportedly confirmed that the soldier was indeed attempting to surrender at the time of the explosion.

In a third disturbing incident in mid-October, Grosse received a troubling text message from a member of the unit, identified by the call sign Andok, stating that they had "captured" POWs. According to Grosse, the captured soldiers were later seen shot dead by Zeus, who allegedly boasted about the killings.

These allegations of grave misconduct underscore the complexities and moral dilemmas inherent in modern warfare, particularly in conflict zones where non-state actors operate alongside regular military forces. The accusations against the 'Chosen Company' highlight the urgent need for thorough investigations and accountability in situations where international humanitarian law may have been violated.

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