UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Friday denounced a video purporting to show the beheading of a Ukrainian prisoner of war, saying those responsible should be brought to book.

Downing Street said Sunak told Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in a call that the footage was “abhorrent”.

The prime minister said the video was appalling and those responsible had to be held to account,” a statement read.

“The leaders also discussed efforts to accelerate military support to Ukraine, and the prime minister said the UK and its allies needed to continue to ensure Ukraine was in the strongest possible position to build on its recent battlefield successes,” it added.

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