Russian troops reportedly massacred hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers after striking a deal to allow them to retreat.
Reports say that troops loyal to Kiev were trying to leave a beseiged city about 22 miles east of Donetsk. After their Russian enemies agreed to let the troops retreat, they reportedly reneged and opened fire, leaving hundreds of bodies littered along an agreed retreat route.
Lt Col Nikolai Gordienko, of the Ukrainian National Guard, said: “They were given the corridor to exit and they were shot.
“It is a violation of international conventions.”
Reports say that the soldiers were waving white flags when the Russian troops opened fire from all sides.
More than 1,000 Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine this week, prompting outrage from the international community. World leaders have called for Russia to leave, while also enacting strict economic sanctions against Russia.
This week Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite upped the pressure, saying that Russia is effectively waging war against the entire EU.
“It is the fact that Russia is in a war state against Ukraine. That means it is in a state of war against a country which would like to be closely integrated with the EU. Practically Russia is in a state of war against Europe,” she told reporters in English at an EU summit.
“That means we need to help Ukraine to… defend its territory and its people and to help militarily, especially with the military materials to help Ukraine to defend itself because today Ukraine is fighting a war on behalf of all Europe,” the leader of the former Soviet state said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ignored calls to pull out of the region, instead saying an end to fighting “largely depends on the political will of current Ukrainian authorities.”
The alleged massacre of Ukrainian soldiers by Russian troops came after days of heavy fighting in the area. No death toll was reported.