What is the status of Ukrainian PoWs who took part in the referendum in context of ukrainian threats?
As reported in some Russian sources, like this one some Ukrainian PoWs took part in the referendum. Since Ukrainian government called the referendum illegal and a crime, do the PoWs who took part in the referendum still keep their status or are they now just traitors and criminals?
Here the translation of the article:
Ukrainian prisoners of war voted in the DPR referendum
About 300 Ukrainian prisoners of war voted in the DPR referendum
DONETSK, 24 Sep - RIA Novosti. About 300 Ukrainian prisoners of war
held in the colony in Yelenovka in the DPR voted in a referendum on
joining the Russian Federation, Chairman of the People's Council of
the DPR Vladimir Bidevka told RIA Novosti.
"Today I was in Yelenovka (in the village there is a colony where
Ukrainian prisoners of war are kept – ed.) with representatives of the
election commission and international observers. The process of voting
in the referendum was organized there for Ukrainian prisoners of war
who had a registration mark in their documents on the territory of the
DPR – the former Donetsk region and who expressed a desire to
participate in the referendum. About 300 Ukrainian prisoners of war
voted," Bidevka told RIA Novosti.
Acording to this article:
Ukraine Threatens 5-Year Prison Sentence For Anyone Voting In
For me the meaning of Anyone includes also people who was forced to, but posibly this is jus my wrong understanding of that word. So this question must be seen only in the context of the threat expresed by Ukraine.