The White House considered Peskov’s words about the execution of US citizens in the Donbass terrible

Peskov did not reject the possibility of a death sentence for two Americans captured in Ukraine, this is appalling, the White House said. The Russian Ministry of Defense considers foreigners fighting on the side of Ukraine to be mercenaries The house considered Peskov's words about the execution of US citizens in the Donbass terrible” />

John Kirby

The situation in which the representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov allows the use of the death penalty against US citizens captured in Ukraine is “terrible,” said John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the US National Security Council, during a briefing at the White House.

” ;It is appalling that a government official in Russia even suggested the death penalty for two American citizens who were in Ukraine. And we will continue to try to find out everything we can about this,— Kirby said (quote from CNN).

The prospect of executing US citizens is worrying, whether Peskov's threat was real or hypothetical, he pointed out.

We are talking about Peskov's statement, which he made the day before in an interview with NBC. The press secretary of the Russian President said that the Geneva Convention for the Protection of Prisoners of War does not apply to US citizens Alexander John-Robert Druke and Andy Wien, who took part in the battles on the side of Ukraine. According to him, they were not members of the Ukrainian army, they are “soldiers of fortune”, “involved in illegal activities”; and shelling of the Russian military.

“They endangered their (the Russian military.— RBC) lives. And they must be held accountable. They should be held accountable <…> for the crimes they have committed. These crimes must be investigated,»— Peskov said. He emphasized that he could not “guarantee anything.”

Answering a question about the fate of US citizens who were previously sentenced to death by the DPR court, the British Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin, as well as the Moroccan Brahim Saadoun, he stressed that “he cannot guarantee anything, it depends on the investigation.”

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“Prisoners of war must always be treated humanely. Any unlawful act or omission on the part of the Detaining Power which results in the death of a prisoner of war in its power, or which seriously endangers the health of a prisoner of war, is prohibited and will be considered a serious breach of this Convention,” stated in Article 13 of the Geneva Convention. The Russian authorities consider the captured foreigners to be mercenaries. “In accordance with international humanitarian law, mercenaries are not combatants, and the best that awaits them is criminal liability,” — warned the Ministry of Defense.

In mid-June, RT and Izvestia published videos with two men who identified themselves as US citizens, — Alexander Dryuke and Andy Wiene. The latter said that he had previously “believed in propaganda” that showed the Russians in an unfavorable light, but now he allegedly believes in the corruption of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

According to The Telegraph, the Americans were captured near Kharkov. Relatives told CNN that by the time the video was published, there had been no contact with them for about a week. According to the channel, Dryuke and Vin disappeared during the battle near the village of Izbitskoye, the search yielded no results. Biden, after the appearance of footage with captured US citizens, again urged the Americans not to participate in hostilities in Ukraine.

The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, ruled out the possibility of exchanging or pardoning the British sentenced to death, according to him, such a scenario “is not even is being discussed. “I don't see any reason for this,” — he explained.

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