A bill to legalize 'killing Russian soldiers by civilians' is passed in Ukraine

In Ukraine, which has been invaded by Russia , not only military personnel but also civilians continue to engage in cyber attacks as IT forces , set up barricades, and manufacture Molotov cocktails . Meanwhile, it was reported that a bill was passed in Ukraine stating that 'it is not guilty for civilians to use weapons to kill Russian soldiers.'

New law makes it legal for Ukrainian civilians to kill Russian troops --LBC

Ukraine Bill Makes it Legal for Anyone to Kill Russian Soldiers

Ukrainian journalist Illia Ponomarenko said on March 10 with the caption 'The new bill will officially fully legalize the killing of Russian military personnel deployed in Ukraine by civilians', Volodymyr Zelensky. I posted a screenshot of the bill signed by the President. The date of the document is March 3, 2022, and Newsweek states that the decree will come into effect 'from the day after promulgation.'

The content of the decree is that Ukrainian civilians and foreigners staying in Ukraine will not be liable for criminal charges even if they are eliminated by using firearms against those who are invading Ukraine. The decree is valid while martial law is issued, and while civilians are allowed to use firearms, it is necessary to hand over the firearms to the authorities when the martial law is over.

'This bill effectively means that citizens can participate in the fight in Ukraine without fear of legal compensation for violence against Russian troops,' said LBC News, a British news media. In Ukraine, firearms are being provided to reserve personnel, and on February 25, the day after the invasion of Russia began, it was reported that as many as 18,000 firearms were provided with live ammunition. Has been done .

On the other hand, there are concerns that the law will 'Ukrainian civilians will be defined as combatants and the protection under the Geneva Convention will no longer apply.'

In response to these concerns, there is a counterargument that 'Russian troops have already broken the Geneva Convention and killed civilians.'

'No, this is only legal (taking a weapon and killing Russian soldiers). Citizens are combatants only when they take and use a weapon. If people choose not to take a weapon I'm a non-combatant. '

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