Zelenskyy reacts to video of Ukrainian soldier's decapitation by Russians
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Press Office of the President)
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has reacted to a video in which the Russian military torture a Ukrainian soldier and then behead him alive, in a video message posted on April 12.
The head of state stressed that Russia will be brought to justice for everything and called on world leaders to respond to terror.
"There is something that no one in the world can ignore: how easily these beasts kill,” he said.
“The world must see this video of the execution of a Ukrainian prisoner. This is a video of Russia as it is. What kind of creatures are these? There are no humans (in their eyes) – a son, a brother, a husband, someone's child. This is a video of Russia trying to make this the new normal. This is not an accident, not an episode."
Zelenskyy emphasized that Ukraine needs to focus on the frontline and help as much as possible: "The main goal is to win. The main goal is strength to win. Defeat of the occupier, sentences for murderers, a tribunal for the evil state."
Earlier, a video was posted in Russian pro-war Telegram channels showing the Russian troops executing a Ukrainian soldier, allegedly by decapitating him alive with a knife. Ukraine’s SBU security service has launched an investigation.
Before that, on March 6, a video was posted online showing Russian soldiers shooting an unarmed Ukrainian prisoner after he said "Glory to Ukraine." He was a sniper of the 163rd Battalion of the 119th Separate Brigade of Chernihiv Oblast's territorial defense, Oleksandr Matsiyevskyi, who was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine.
Prior to the video of his execution, there were other war crimes committed by Russians against Ukrainian soldiers that were captured on camera.
According to Ukrainian Human Rights Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets, thereis evidence of other executions of Ukrainian captives.
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