A Ukrainian brigade identified the Ukrainian soldier executed by Russian troops in a video that went viral on Monday, saying it was a member of the squad who had been missing since early February.
“According to preliminary data, the dead man is a soldier of the 30 brigade separate mechanics Timofy Mykolajovich Shadura. He is considered missing since February 3, 2023 after fighting in the area of the city of Bakhmut ”, they indicated.
As they added, the soldier’s body remains in occupied territory and confirmation of the identification would be made when the corpse is returned and analyzed.
“The command of the 30th Separate Mechanized Brigade and the Hero’s comrades-in-arms express their sincere condolences to his family and friends. Revenge will be inevitable. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!” the statement concluded.
For their part, journalists reported having contacted Shadura’s sister.
“I recognized him. I checked. One hundred percent he is my brother. These are his eyes, his voice and the way he smoked a cigarette”, affirmed the sister, as published on Facebook by the reporter Sofia Kochmar-Tymoshenko. According to her, she added, she avoided giving more details until she received an official communication from government authorities.
In turn, the journalist Vasyl Krutchak also claimed to have spoken with Olga, Shadura’s sister. “She has told me that she is 90% sure that the man who was shot is her brother.”, he wrote this Tuesday.
The video, whose authenticity, date or place could not be verified, was denounced by Ukrainian leaders and sparked repudiation on the networks.
President Volodimir Zelenskiy, merely noting that the video had appeared on Monday, said it showed Russian occupiers brutally killing a soldier and that the killers would be found.
“Video footage has surfaced (showing) how the occupiers brutally killed the soldier, who had bravely said into their eyes: ‘Glory to Ukraine. I want all of us united to respond to his words: Glory to the hero! Glory to the heroes! Glory to Ukraine! And we will find the murderers, ”he expressed in his daily message.
In turn, the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andriy Yermak, said the man was a Ukrainian prisoner of war and that the incident was part of a “deliberate policy of terror” by Russia. “The murder of a captive is the latest Russian war crime,” Yermak wrote in a tweet. “For every such war crime there will be reprisals.”
The 12-second footage widely shared on Twitter shows an apparently unarmed man, dressed in uniform and wearing a Ukrainian flag badge on his arm, standing and smoking in a wooded area. The man says:Glory to Ukraine”.
Multiple shots are heard coming from an unseen shooter or shooters, and the man falls to the ground as the bullets appear to impact his body. A voice is heard saying “Die, bitch” in Russian.
Ukrainian and Western authorities say there is evidence of thousands of war crimes committed in Ukraine since Russia invaded in February 2022. Russia has repeatedly denied that its forces have committed atrocities or attacked civilians in Ukraine.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said on his Telegram channel that Ukraine’s security service had registered the shooting as a criminal case under a part of the country’s penal code that covers violations of the laws and customs of war. “Even war has its own laws,” he said, adding that prosecutors from his office would take the case. “There are norms of international law that the Russian criminal regime systematically ignores. But sooner or later, there will be punishment.”
kyiv announced that there are already 30 countries that support the creation of a court to judge Russian war crimes in Ukraine.
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