The shocking video of the brutal murder appeared on Russian pro-war Telegram channels on the evening of April 11. It was also posted on Twitter by Ukrainian blogger Ihor Lachenkov.

At first, we hear screams on the video, then images of a man being held by Russian troops shouting that he is in pain. After that, the occupiers cut off his head with a knife. He was probably still alive at the time of execution.

The Russians accompany their actions with the words: "We are working, brothers. Break the spine. Haven't you ever cut off a head before?" They also show a bulletproof vest, which probably belonged to the Ukrainian soldier, to the camera.

The video has a lot of greenery, so it was more than likely actually filmed last year - in the summer or early autumn.

On March 12, President Zelensky commented on the video and called for international leaders to react:


"There is something that no one in the world can ignore: how easily these animals kill. This video... of the execution of a Ukrainian prisoner... The world must see it. It is a video of Russia as it is. What kind of creatures they are. There are no people for them. A son, a brother, a husband... Someone's child," the President said.

"It is not an accident. It is not an episode. It’s happened before. It happened in Bucha — thousands of times. Everyone must respond — every leader. Do not wait for it to be forgotten, for time to pass. We are not going to forget anything. We won’t forgive the killers. There will be legal responsibility for everything. We need to defeat terror," Zelensky added. 

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CNN has published another video apparently showing the execution of Ukrainian soldiers by the Russian occupiers. It is reported that, unlike the video of the murder of the Ukrainian defender, which was probably filmed last summer, this other recording appears to have been made relatively recently.

In it, representatives of the Wagner PMC boast of having destroyed an armored vehicle of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and show the bodies of two Ukrainian soldiers with their heads and arms cut off.


Russian propaganda outlets report that the video was filmed in the area of Bakhmut, where fierce fighting continues to take place.

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I am starting to fear that Ukraine is just exchanging one set of oligarchs with another.

Can the writers at The Kyiv Post start writing articles on the progress Ukraine is making toward political and financial reform?

It feels like the promised reform is not happening very quickly, if at all. The current set of rulers seems to be focused on raising money and other foreign support rather than cleaning up corruption.

The last set of oligarchs benefitted from Russian corruption. The new batch seems to specialize in raising and distributing Western aid by focusing on outrage towards Russia ... which is a lot easier to sell to voters than raising and fairly disturbing domestic taxes.

I really want Ukraine to rise above the corruption. But they seem to be shooting themselves in the foot.
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You kill for money and behead for fun? What are you? I will tell you your a sociopathic tumor that's set lose because of some really soulless paranoid void of a person,wants to piss on the world. I really mean this when I say no mercy will be given when they find you.
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I hope you burn motherfucker
I support
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What in the name of all that is good and just. This a horror beyond the pale. What dark hearts you have you won't come back from this you are not human any more.