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Identity of Ukrainian PoW shot on camera must be confirmed by brigade – Defence Ministry

Tuesday, 7 March 2023, 10:34
Identity of Ukrainian PoW shot on camera must be confirmed by brigade – Defence Ministry

Ukraine’s Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Maliar has called on to wait until the official confirmation of the Ukrainian soldier’s identity, whose video of the execution was posted the day before.

Source: Maliar on Telegram

Quote from Maliar: "First and foremost, the victims and their families should be respected. Social media and tact are incompatible, and it is better to wait until the brigade (commander) officially confirms the identity of the deceased."

Background: 

  • On 6 March, a horrific video appeared on the internet showing an unarmed Ukrainian prisoner of war being shot by the Russians after saying "Glory to Ukraine!"
  • The Security Service of Ukraine has opened a criminal proceeding regarding the video in which Russian invaders shot a Ukrainian soldier.
  • Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets called the shooting of the Ukrainian soldier "another Russian war crime".
  • Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to investigate the circumstances of the shooting of the Ukrainian prisoner of war.
  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reacted to the video of Russian invaders shooting a Ukrainian soldier who said "Slava Ukraini (Glory to Ukraine)!"

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