Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have paraded dozens of captured Ukrainian soldiers before a jeering crowd, in mockery of Independence Day celebrations in the capital.
Thousands gathered in Donetsk's main square on Sunday as separatists paraded captured government soldiers through the city's central Lenin Square, as onlookers hurled garbage and empty bottles at them.To shouts of "fascists!" and "hang them from a tree!" between 40 and 50 bruised and filthy Ukrainian soldiers were forced to march, hands bound, surrounded by the rebels.
Two water trucks followed the captives, hosing down the road in a move apparently meant to cleanse the pavement where the Ukrainian soldiers had passed.
In a stark display of the growing divisions between the east and west, the top rebel commander, Alexander Zakharchenko, sent a mocking message to the Ukrainian government.
"Kiev said that on the 24th, on the Independence Day of Ukraine, they would have a parade. Indeed, they did march in Donetsk, although it wasn't a parade.''
Human Rights Watch slammed the provacation, saying it was a "humiliating and degrading treatment" of prisoners and was therefore in breach of the Geneva Convention.
ROTTERDAM, August 25 -- Dozens of soldiers paraded before a jeering crowd in eastern Donetsk, as Kiev celebrated Independence Day yesterday.
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