Soldier shot by Russians for uttering ‘Glory to Ukraine’ was Moldovan citizen
Oleksandr Matsievskyi (Photo:СБУ)
Ukrainian soldier Oleksandr Matsievskyi, whose murder by Russian soldiers was caught on camera, was a Moldovan citizen, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova reported on March 13.
The ministry strongly condemned the murder of its citizen, stating that it could qualify as a war crime and a gross violation of international humanitarian law.
Matsievskyi, while unarmed and a prisoner, was murdered by Russian soldiers after he shouted “Glory to Ukraine.” He was shot multiple times with assault rifles. The Russian soldiers filmed the murder and released the video on social media.
The Moldovan Foreign Ministry expressed condolences to the hero's family, declared solidarity with the Ukrainian people and condemned the bloody war unleashed by Russia.
Chisinau also reaffirmed its position of condemning Russia's brutal war against Ukraine and assured of its commitment to supporting Ukraine in its efforts to return to peace and stability.
On March 12, Ukraine’s Security Service officially identified the soldier who was shot dead by the Russian troops after saying "Glory to Ukraine" as a sniper of the 163rd Battalion of the 119th Separate Brigade of the Chernihiv Oblast's Territorial Defense, Oleksandr I. Matsiyevskyi.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posthumously awarded Matsiyevskyi the title of Hero of Ukraine.
Earlier, the Ministry of Defense tentatively stated that the deceased soldier could be a fighter with the 30th Separate Mechanized Brigade, Tymofiy Shadura. He has been missing since Feb. 3, 2023, after fighting near Bakhmut.
The Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubynets sent a video of the shooting of the Ukrainian prisoner of war to international partners and fellow ombudspersons from around the world as evidence of another Russian war crime.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called the shooting of a Ukrainian prisoner of war a heinous war crime and further proof that Russia's war against Ukraine is genocide. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized that Ukraine would find the murderers of the defender.
Law enforcement officers opened a criminal case under Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violation of the laws and customs of war).
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