MOSCOW, May 30. /TASS/. A Moscow court has ordered the arrest in absentia of two Ukrainian commanders, accusing them of genocide and the torture of Russian servicemen captured in Ukraine, the court’s press service told TASS on Monday.
The Basmanny Court ruled to keep in custody Andrey Polyakov, commander of the 53rd infantry brigade of the Ukrainian armed forces, and Alexey Makhov, commander of the 2nd assault combat battalion of the 95th separate air assault brigade of Ukraine’s armed forces, for two months after their seizure in or extradition to Russia. The two have been put on the international wanted list, the court’s spokeswoman Yekaterina Buravtsova said.
The two Ukrainian officers are the first to have been charged with genocide in Russia since the country began its special military operation in Ukraine, facing up to a life term.
The Investigative Committee opened criminal cases in late April into the torture of Russian servicemen in Ukraine’s prisons. The Committee said it had evidence provided by over 20 servicemen, who are now undergoing medical treatment and rehabilitation. The necessary documents have been requested from clinics, and measures to identify those responsible are being taken.