Ukrainians Hold a Pistol to Russian POW's Head

Accidentally released footage shows Ukrainian troops conducting an interrogation with a Russian POW while the POW is being held at gunpoint. This is a clear and concise violation of Article 17 of the Third Geneva Convention which Ukraine did in fact sign in 1949.


In the grand scheme of things, this is probably not a huge deal. That said, here's the exact text of Article 17 of the Third Geneva Convention which specifically covers down on questioning Prisoners of War. I have emboldened the part of the article which was violated in this video.


Every prisoner of war, when questioned on the subject, is bound to give only his surname, first names and rank, date of birth, and army, regimental, personal or serial number, or failing this, equivalent information.


If he wilfully infringes this rule, he may render himself liable to a restriction of the privileges accorded to his rank or status.


Each Party to a conflict is required to furnish the persons under its jurisdiction who are liable to become prisoners of war, with an identity card showing the owner's surname, first names, rank, army, regimental, personal or serial number or equivalent information, and date of birth. The identity card may, furthermore, bear the signature or the fingerprints, or both, of the owner, and may bear, as well, any other information the Party to the conflict may wish to add concerning persons belonging to its armed forces. As far as possible the card shall measure 6.5 x 10 cm. and shall be issued in duplicate. The identity card shall be shown by the prisoner of war upon demand, but may in no case be taken away from him.


No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever. Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind.


Prisoners of war who, owing to their physical or mental condition, are unable to state their identity, shall be handed over to the medical service. The identity of such prisoners shall be established by all possible means, subject to the provisions of the preceding paragraph.


The questioning of prisoners of war shall be carried out in a language which they understand.


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Accidentally released footage shows Ukrainian troops conducting an interrogation with a Russian POW while the POW is being held at gunpoint. This is a clear and concise violation of Article 17 of the Third Geneva Convention which Ukraine did in fact sign in 1949.


In the grand scheme of things, this is probably not a huge deal. That said, here's the exact text of Article 17 of the Third Geneva Convention which specifically covers down on questioning Prisoners of War. I have emboldened the part of the article which was violated in this video.


Every prisoner of war, when questioned on the subject, is bound to give only his surname, first names and rank, date of birth, and army, regimental, personal or serial number, or failing this, equivalent information.


If he wilfully infringes this rule, he may render himself liable to a restriction of the privileges accorded to his rank or status.


Each Party to a conflict is required to furnish the persons under its jurisdiction who are liable to become prisoners of war, with an identity card showing the owner's surname, first names, rank, army, regimental, personal or serial number or equivalent information, and date of birth. The identity card may, furthermore, bear the signature or the fingerprints, or both, of the owner, and may bear, as well, any other information the Party to the conflict may wish to add concerning persons belonging to its armed forces. As far as possible the card shall measure 6.5 x 10 cm. and shall be issued in duplicate. The identity card shall be shown by the prisoner of war upon demand, but may in no case be taken away from him.


No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever. Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind.


Prisoners of war who, owing to their physical or mental condition, are unable to state their identity, shall be handed over to the medical service. The identity of such prisoners shall be established by all possible means, subject to the provisions of the preceding paragraph.


The questioning of prisoners of war shall be carried out in a language which they understand.


About the Author

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Josh Brooks

Josh is an American writer and former USMC machine gunner with eight years of experience in ground combat arms throughout the GWOT. He is currently based in Texas and specializes in combat footage analysis and digital marketing.Follow Josh at OfficialJoshBrooks.com

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