On June 14, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the Ukrainian army continues to suffer significant losses, especially since in recent weeks cases have become more frequent when units of Ukrainian nationalists shot surrendering Ukrainian servicemen in the back.
The report of the Russian Ministry of Defence reads:
“So, after conducting firepower preparation to the offensive of Russian troops in the area of the settlement of Novomikhailovka of the Donetsk People’s Republic, more than 30 servicemen of the 25th battalion of the 54th Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine decided to lay down their arms and surrender.
The Ukrainian servicemen who occupied a strong point in the area of the Animal Farm radioed to the command of the Russian unit, asking to cease fire and provide a corridor for exit.
At about 22 o’clock, the AFU servicemen with white flags began advancing towards the Russian positions.
At that moment, a unit of the Ukrainian nationalists, which arrived at the stronghold on armored vehicles, opened crossfire in the back on the servicemen of the 54th Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
As a result of this shooting, 32 Ukrainian servicemen were fatally wounded and killed.
This incident, like many others like it, clearly demonstrates that against the background of increasing military failures and demoralization of Ukrainian troops, the Kiev nationalist regime is trying to stop the retreat and surrender of its units by punitive actions of detachments.
The lives of Ukrainian servicemen and mobilized fighters of territorial defense units mean nothing to the current leadership of Ukraine.”
Source: South Front