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Rebels parade Ukrainian captives

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Donetsk, Ukraine - Pro-Russian separatist rebels force-marched dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war along a main street of the rebel-held Ukrainian town of Donetsk on Sunday.

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The military personnel of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic escort Ukrainian army prisoners of war in downtown of Donetsk. Picture: SERGEI ILNITSKY

People shouted “fascists” at the group, who walked with heads bowed. They were largely unshaven and dishevelled and dressed either in combat fatigues or civilian clothes.

A voice over a loudspeaker announced their arrival saying: “We are now able to watch passing people who were sent to kill us.”

“We are Russians,” the voice said.

A Reuters correspondent on the scene said that some people threw projectiles including bottles. Some shouted “Fascists!” and “Get on your knees!”

In a gesture intended to show that the captives were sullied, street cleaning vehicles moved behind them to cleanse where they had walked. - Reuters

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