Russian commander who fired at civilian car in Kharkiv Oblast identified
After the shooting of the car by the occupiers, the Ukrainian military tried to help civilians with the help of a drone (Photo:Прокуратура Харківської області)
Police in Ukraine have identified a Russian military commander who shot up a car with civilians in Kharkiv Oblast and boasted about it to his wife, the Kharkiv Oblast Prosecutor's Office reported on March 21.
The incident occurred on June 23, 2022, near the village of Velyka Komyshuvakha, Izyum district. A Ukrainian husband and wife were driving a Mazda car to Bakhmut to evacuate their elderly parents.
While driving, their car was shot at by the Russian military.
The woman tried to save her husband, but the invasion forces kept firing.
The Ukrainian military was conducting drone reconnaissance in the area at the time, and recorded the incident. The Ukrainian Armed Forces sent a note on the drone with the inscription “Follow me” to try to save the people.
When she saw the UAV, the woman was unsure how to proceed, but followed it because it was the only way to save her life and the life of her husband.
The drone led her to the positions of the Ukrainian military.
Meanwhile, Russian soldiers approached the shot car and thought that the man was dead. They threw his body into a ditch at the side of the road.
The man was unconscious for about 30 hours, then regained consciousness and was able to walk to Ukrainian Armed Forces base.
The Russian soldier who shot at the civilian car turned out to be a commander of a motorized rifle unit of the Russian Armed Forces from Moscow. He was identified because he was heard boasting about the incident to his wife in a phone call intercepted by Ukrainian security services.
Driving an infantry fighting vehicle, he used a large-caliber machine gun and shot the car with the couple inside it.
Police are to put the suspect on the wanted list.
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