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'Nothing humiliating' in rebels publicly parading Ukraine POWs through city: Russia

Published on Aug 25, 2014 5:29 PM
 
Armed pro-Russian separatists (right) escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war as they walk across central Donetsk on Aug 24, 2014. Parading Ukrainian prisoners of war through a baying crowd in a rebel-held city was not demeaning, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Parading Ukrainian prisoners of war through a baying crowd in a rebel-held city was not demeaning, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday.

"I saw images of that parade and I didn't see anything close to what could be considered as humiliating," said Mr Lavrov at a news conference. "Concerning the degrading treatment of war prisoners, let the lawyers handle it," he added.

He was referring to a parade in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday in which 40 or 50 Ukrainian soldiers were made to walk through a jeering crowd in the main square. Furious onlookers shouted "Fascists! Fascists!" and threw empty bottles and rotten food at the captured troops, who walked with heads bowed and hands behind their backs.

It was seen as a riposte to the military parade and Independence Day celebrations held in Kiev earlier in the day, and also appeared to recall the infamous Second World War parade from 1944 when Soviet soldiers marched thousands of defeated German troops through Moscow.

 
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