Volodymyr Zelenskyy vows to find murderers of Ukrainian soldier
Footage has emerged purportedly showing the moment a Ukrainian soldier was executed by Russian troops.
In his final defiant moments, he said “Slava Ukraini” – Glory to Ukraine – and dragged on his last cigarette.
In the background, men assumed to be Russian soldiers shouted: “You are a bitch. the bitch’ before shooting him dead.
The video has since been shared on social media, although it’s not clear when it was filmed.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has vowed to avenge his death as the specter of Russian war crimes rears its ugly head again.
Now a woman has come forward and claims that the soldier in the video is his brother.
She said that he served in the Mechanized Brigade fighting Russian forces at Bakhmut and Dronivka.
She said, “My brother would certainly be able to hold his own against the Russians like that.
“He has never hidden the truth in his life and certainly would not do so from the enemy.”
While Moscow has yet to publicly comment on the video, Zelensky has vowed to track down the soldier’s alleged killers.
In his address last night, he said: “Today a video surfaced of the occupiers brutally killing a soldier who bravely says to their face: ‘Honour to Ukraine!'”.
“I want us all to answer these words together and in unity: ‘Glory to the hero! Honor the heroes! glory to Ukraine!”
“We will find the killers.”
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said it was “imperative” that International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan investigate the “heinous war crime”.
“Horrible video of an unarmed Ukrainian POW being executed by Russian forces just for saying ‘Honour to Ukraine’. Another (piece of) proof that this war is genocide,” he tweeted.
“Perpetrators must be brought to justice,” added Kuleba.
Andriy Yermak, Zelenskyy’s chief of staff, said on Telegram that “war crimes are cultivated in Russia” and embellished by their propaganda.
“The killing of a person who was taken into captivity is another example of this. It is also an example of their national insignificance and weakness,” he said.
“For every war crime like this there will be revenge. Nobody will be able to hide from it.’
Ukrainian prosecutors have launched an investigation into the video – the killing of prisoners of war violates international humanitarian law.
The country’s human rights commissioner, Dmytro Lubinets, accused Moscow of breaking the Geneva Conventions regarding prisoners of war.
“The shooting of a captured Ukrainian soldier is a violation of the Geneva Conventions, a manifestation of baseness and meanness,” he said in a statement tweeted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine’s parliament.
Zelsenky thanked both those fighting on the front lines and the nation’s allies, adding: “Eternal memory and honor to all those who gave their lives for the freedom of our people.
“Eternal memory and honor to all Ukrainian heroes of different times who dreamed and fought for the freedom of Ukraine.”
As early as March 2, just days after Russia’s war against Ukraine began, the The ICC began investigating possible war crimes and other atrocities in the country.
A UN-appointed panel of legal experts has found evidence that Russian soldiers raped and tortured women and children in Ukraine.
The panel’s chairman, Erik Mose, told the UN Human Rights Council last September that victims included children as young as four.
“We were struck by the large number of executions in the areas we visited,” Moses said.
“Pre-arrest, hands tied behind the back, gunshot wounds to the head and slit throats” are the usual themes of such murders.
The panel’s investigation was added to a long list of alleged atrocities being investigated by Ukrainian and international investigators.
These include the wave of massacres in the commuter town of Bucha, just outside Kiev, and the mass grave found in the recovered Izyum.
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