Much attention has been paid to war crimes said to have been carried out by Russia’s forces during its invasion of Ukraine.
However, horrifying new footage suggests that they aren’t the only ones who have been committing atrocities.
Video shows a wounded man being shot to death
The Washington Examiner reported that a video emerged this week which appears to show a group of Ukrainian soldiers standing on a road alongside four Russians who are tied up and covered with blood.
According to a translation published by Politico, a Ukrainian soldier can be heard saying, “Look — he’s still alive, he’s gasping,” when one of the Russians begins to move.
Another Ukrainian soldier quickly proceeds to fire several rounds from his weapon into the wounded man, apparently killing him.
After this, the camera operator shows other dead Russians before approaching a fellow soldier and saying, “Glory to Ukraine.” The New York Times reported on Wednesday that it has independently verified the video’s authenticity.
It stated that the disturbing scene played out late last month following an ambush of Russian vehicles north of the village of Dmytrivka.
Mikhaylo Podolyak serves as an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and the Examiner reported that he addressed the video in a statement provided to the BBC.
The earlier incident also caught on tape
“Firstly, such incidents must be properly investigated until the motives and circumstances are clarified,” Podolyak was quoted as saying.
“Secondly, Russia should end its genocidal anti-Ukrainian propaganda and restore its army’s understanding of the rules and customs of war,” he went on to insist.
This is not the first time that video footage has appeared to show Ukrainian troops committing war crimes, as the Examiner reported last month on another clip in which Russian prisoners were shot in the legs after they exited a vehicle.
“The government is taking this very seriously, and there will be an immediate investigation,” Ukrainian presidential advisor Oleksiy Arestovych was quoted as saying in response to the footage. “We are a European army, and we do not mock our prisoners. If this turns out to be real, this is absolutely unacceptable behavior.”