Video appears to show Ukrainian troops killing captured Russian soldiers

A video posted online and verified by The New York Times appears to show a group of Ukrainian soldiers murdering captured Russian troops outside a village west of the capital Kiev.

‘He is still alive. Film these looters. Look, he’s still alive. He’s gasping for breath,” one man says as a Russian soldier with a jacket pulled over his head, apparently wounded, is still breathing.

A soldier then shoots the man twice. After the man keeps moving, the soldier shoots him again and he stops.

At least three other apparent Russian soldiers, including one with an apparent head wound who has his hands tied behind his back, can be seen dead near the victim.

They all wear camouflage and three have white armbands often worn by Russian troops. Equipment is scattered around them and there are bloodstains on every man’s head.

The soldiers are on the road a few meters from a BMD-2, an infantry fighting vehicle used by Russian airborne units. Some appear to have had their coat, shoes or helmet removed. Further down the road are other destroyed vehicles.

The video was shot on a road just north of the village of Dmytrivka, about 11 kilometers southwest of Bucha, where the discovery of hundreds of corpses of people in plain clothes in recent days has led to allegations that Russian troops killed civilians as they retreated. .

The killings appear to be the result of a Ukrainian ambush by a Russian column that took place on or about March 30 as Russian troops withdrew from small towns west of Kiev, where fighting had been fierce for weeks.

Ukraine’s defense ministry also tweeted about the destruction of the Russian convoy, calling it “precise work” by Ukrainian forces.

“These aren’t even people,” a Ukrainian soldier says in the video as he walks among the wrecked vehicles, adding that two Russian lieutenants have been captured.

The Ukrainian soldiers are recognizable by their flags and blue armbands and repeat “Glory to Ukraine” several times. Their unit is unclear, but in the video of the murder, one of the men refers to some of them as “Belgravia boys”, probably referring to a residential area called Belgravia a few hundred yards from the incident.

A Ukrainian news agency that posted a video of the aftermath of the March 30 ambush described it as the work of the “Georgian Legion,” a paramilitary unit of Georgian volunteers that formed in 2014 to fight on behalf of Ukraine.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times

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