KYIV Ukraine war videos — A man who appeared to have been shot dead by Russian speakers in a short video was tentatively identified Tuesday as an unidentified missing Ukrainian soldier after it spread widely on Ukrainian social media outlets and caused alarm
The chief prosecutor announced a criminal investigation
The country’s chief prosecutor announced a criminal investigation into the killing, and human rights expert Dmytro Lubinets noted that it was in violation of the Geneva Conventions.
Senior Ukrainian officials asserted, without providing further proof, that the man in the video was an unarmed prisoner of war killed by Russian soldiers. However, video footage revealed no indication of his being armed.
On its Facebook page, the 30th Mechanized Brigade identified the man as Tymofii Shadura. However, this identification is based on preliminary information and not definitive, it said.
Shadura has been missing for just over a month, having vanished during intense fighting in the Bakhmut area of eastern Ukraine, according to a post. The city remains a flashpoint as the conflict enters its second year.
His identity will be established once his body is returned from Russian-occupied territory, though when that might take place remains uncertain.
The Ukrainian military’s general staff confirmed the identity of the deceased soldier, noting that this information was “preliminary.”
In a 12-second video, a man in combat fatigues is seen walking through wooded terrain smoking a cigarette.
Someone speaking off-camera in Russian is heard speaking. The man then says “Glory to Ukraine,” before being hit by a hail of gunshots, falling into an earthen pit with an off-camera voice saying “Die,” followed by an expletive.
The Associated Press was unable to independently verify the video’s authenticity or any details regarding when it was shot, or who was involved.
The AP’s inquiries to the Russian military about this clip did not prompt an immediate response
This video went viral on Ukrainian social media platforms and sparked an emotional response
On Monday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a video address in which he encouraged us all to come together in unity and express our thanks for the soldier’s words: “Glory to the hero! Glory to heroes! Glory to Ukraine!” He continued by promising that we would track down and catch those responsible for these crimes.
Moscow has also expressed misgivings regarding the treatment of Russian prisoners of war by Ukrainian forces.
Last November, Ukraine said it would open an investigation into video footage circulating on Russian social media which Moscow claimed showed Ukrainian soldiers killing Russian troops who may have been trying to surrender after one man apparently refused to lay down his weapon and opened fire.
In related developments:
Ukraine war videos and Russia have concluded another exchange of captives. Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermak reported that 130 Ukrainian soldiers had been returned from Russian captivity, most with severe injuries.
Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed receiving 90 Russian servicemen from territory controlled by Kyiv since the start of the conflict. As a result, 1,993 people have been freed since then according to Lubinets data.
On Wednesday in Kyiv, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived for a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladimir Zelenskyy. At the gathering, they will discuss an extension of an agreement that permits ukraine war videos to export grain from its Black Sea ports and allows Russia access to food products and fertilizers.
Ukraine’s presidential office reported Tuesday that at least one civilian had been killed and 11 more wounded in Ukraine’s conflict-torn region of Bakhmut, where fewer than 4,000 civilians remain from a prewar population of 70,000, according to Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
On Tuesday, a parliamentary delegation from Hungary arrived in Denmark and declared its support for Sweden’s NATO membership application. Prior to their visit, some Hungarian lawmakers had voiced opposition due to what they deemed as “blatant lies” from Stockholm and Helsinki regarding Hungary’s democracy