Vladimir Putin’s Russian special forces use ‘Red Cross’ ambulances to drill deadly ambush operations

Vladimir Putin’s Russian special forces use ‘Red Cross’ ambulances to drill deadly ambush operations

VLADIMIR Putin’s special forces have been pictured using “Red Cross” ambulances to drill deadly ambush operations in defiance of international humanitarian rules.
Russian troops were seen using vehicles bearing the charity’s symbol as a facade to kill fake enemies, sparking outrage among western military experts who have branded it “an horrific ruse beyond belief”.
7Russian special forces conducted a training session on the tactics of raiding operations in the Arctic using vehicles with the Red Cross symbol onCredit: Northern Fleet Marine Brigade7The move by Vladimir Putin’s troops has caused outrageCredit: APThe move by Putin’s naval commandos just miles from its border with Norway, which is in clear breach of the Geneva Convention, has been publicised on the Russian MoD website.
The Northern Fleet Marines were practising counter-sabotage and raid operations at Pechenga and used the trucks emblazoned with the Red Cross logo on as a way to disguise weaponry inside.
Retired British Army Colonel Simon Diggins described the incident as a “great betrayal” and “nothing short of a war-crime”.
The former British defence attache to Afghanistan told the Daily Mirror: “War is bloody and it is awful. One of the few shreds of humanity and decency in war is the respect held for the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
“These symbols represent a chance for all parties to treat people with humanity and to misuse these symbols is nothing short of a war-crime.
“It makes me both angry and sad beyond belief that they would do this and I believe it is a great betrayal of the Russian people too.
7Troops were practising counter-sabotage and raid operations at PechengaCredit: Northern Fleet Marine Brigade7The training operations has been branded ‘an horrific ruse beyond belief’Credit: Northern Fleet Marine Brigade“I have worked with Russian soldiers in the UN, as well as Ukrainian forces who had been in the former Soviet military. They were just like us, decent people.
“If this is happening now, I believe that to be so misled and misguided that someone would misuse a symbol of good in armed conflict is ghastly beyond belief.”
A description of the exercise on the Russian MoD website said: “Servicemen of the reconnaissance units of the Northern Fleet Marine Brigade conducted a training session on the tactics of raiding operations in the Arctic. 
“The scouts worked out the search and detection of sabotage groups, the organisation of an ambush, as well as the conduct of battle when repelling an attack of a conditional enemy.
“To develop the skills of scouts to make non-standard decisions in a dynamically changing environment, the unit commanders made unexpected adjustments during the training of tactical training tasks by the soldiers.”
One ex-UK Army commander slammed the move as “an horrific ruse beyond belief.”
7The exercise took place at Pechenga, close to the Norway borderCredit: Northern Fleet Marine Brigade7It sparked outrage among western military expertsCredit: Northern Fleet Marine BrigadeThey told the Mirror: “If Russian forces are using ambulances carrying Red Cross or Red Crescent insignia it is an inhuman betrayal of the sanctity of all laws covering armed conflict.”
The Geneva Conventions is a set of treaties that establish the standards of international law for humanitarian treatment in war – regulating the conduct of armed conflict.
Part of it reads: “Medical transportation may in no circumstances be attacked, they shall at all times be respected and protected. They may not be used to shield combatants, military objectives or operations from attack.”
It comes as Russia has said Ukraine’s plea for help from Nato in the face of its military build-up on their border will “worsen” tensions.
Fears are mounting the simmering conflict between the two countries could erupt into all-out war with Putin’s army within weeks as Russia masses troops on the border.
Putin has deployed up to 4,000 soldiers along with tanks and other armoured vehicles to the disputed Donbass area, a Russian speaking area which broke away from Ukraine in 2014.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has pleaded with Nato to be allowed to join the alliance, which pledges to come to a member’s aid if one of them is attacked.
But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said NATO membership for Ukraine would not resolve the conflict.
“We very much doubt that this will help Ukraine settle its domestic problem,” Peskov said.
“From our point of view, it will only worsen the situation.”
The reports of a Russian build-up come amid a dramatic increase in clashes along the frontline in recent weeks.
At least 23 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the start of the year, compared to 50 in all of 2020.
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Earlier this week, Russian military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer said it now requires a “psychoanalyst” to determine Moscow’s intentions but warned events could see “war in a month”.
He said the West is right to be concerned as unverified footage appears to show military movements in Russia’s Voronezh, Rostov and Krasnodar regions, along with key railway routes. 
“The crisis has the potential to escalate into a pan-European war, if not even a world one,” Felgenhauer warned starkly in an interview with Rosbalt news outlet in Russia.
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