Russian state TV show calls for public hangings in occupied Ukrainian towns

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Russian state-run media pundits have discussed the possibility of hanging Ukrainians in towns that have been invaded and occupied by Russian troops since the invasion began on February 24.

During a Sunday broadcast on Russia-1, a Russian state-owned television channel, an expert argued for public hangings through a military court once Russia’s dominance is established in some regions of Ukraine. The journalist, whose name was not initially reported, cited the “special military operation” in Ukraine, a term pushed by Russian President Vladimir Putin as an attempt to justify the invasion of the Russian population by claiming that the troops must liberate the Ukrainian people from Ukraine. government led by neo-Nazis.

“I would reinstate the death penalty through a military tribunal,” said the Russian-speaking expert, according to a quote translated by Newsweek. “There are people in Ukraine who threaten Russian citizens and create a threat to us. … In my opinion, this is of the utmost importance.”

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According to Daily Beast columnist Julia Davis, who shared the clip from the Russian show on Twitter on Sunday, other experts later agreed to the idea of ​​hanging the dissidents, and one of them noted the constitutions of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic. (LPR) allow the death penalty.

Before launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Putin recognized two Moscow-allied dissidents in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass and Luhansk regions as independent republics.

Kherson Regional Council member Sergey Khlan warned on Facebook on Saturday that Russian occupation troops were making plans to establish a People’s Republic of Kherson, allied with Moscow, but he and other council members refused to cooperate. . Kherson, a city of strategic importance due to its posts and its access to the Black Sea, was the first major Ukrainian city to fall on March 2.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned on Sunday that Ukrainian mayors had been captured as Russian occupation troops targeted democratically elected Ukrainian politicians.

Kuleba said Russian “war criminals” abducted Yevhen Matveyev, mayor of Dniprorudne, a town in Vasylivka raion of Zaporizhzhia oblast. The announcement came on a day when it was revealed that Ivan Fedorov, mayor of nearby Melitopol, was kidnapped on March 11.

Fedorov, who had encouraged resistance and protests and provided Ukrainians with lists of places to buy food and medicine, was approached by a group of 10 “occupiers”, who put a plastic bag over the head of the mayor of the crisis center of Melitopol, according to the Ukrainian Parliament.

The fourth round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian dignitaries was underway on Monday.

Citing an unnamed European intelligence official, Bloomberg News reported on March 3 that Russia’s intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service, plans to eventually carry out public executions in captured Ukrainian towns. Fox News had not independently verified this information.

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Clips from Sunday’s show included historic footage of past public hangings, perhaps as a way to desensitize the Russian people to atrocities against Ukrainian civilians.

Another expert later said to “never let morality keep you from taking right actions.”

“I understand the importance of a humanitarian component,” said the woman, speaking from inside the television studio, “But morality should not stand in the way.”

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Putin has said he aims to achieve the “demilitarization” and “denazification” of Ukraine, but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish and lost relatives in the Holocaust.

It’s part of a propaganda war the West says the Kremlin has been waging as anti-war protests erupt in several Russian cities. Millions of Russians have relatives in Ukraine.

The show also discussed allegations made by Putin that US-backed Ukrainian labs near the border were creating biological weapons – claims by Zelenskyy, the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department have all unequivocally refuted. NATO warned on Sunday that Russian troops could start using chemical weapons in Ukraine, which would constitute a war crime.

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