Horrifying moment 'Russian soldiers execute surrendering Ukrainian soldiers at ... trends now

Horrifying moment 'Russian soldiers execute surrendering Ukrainian soldiers at ... trends now
Horrifying moment 'Russian soldiers execute surrendering Ukrainian soldiers at ... trends now

Horrifying moment 'Russian soldiers execute surrendering Ukrainian soldiers at ... trends now

This is the horrifying moment Vladimir Putin's merciless Russian troops allegedly fire bullets at surrendering Ukrainian soldiers at point-blank range. 

Grainy footage posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, claims to show a group of Russian soldiers surrounding a trench near the village of Stepove, close to Avdiivka, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine

A soldier in Ukrainian gear emerges with his hands on his head and then lies face down on the ground.

Shortly afterwards the aerial footage shows another Ukrainian serviceman stagger out of the trench. 

But within seconds, the Russian soldiers appear to open fire at the second Ukrainian soldier. After hearing the gunfire the first soldier scrambles to his feet but quickly falls to the ground again as he is sprayed with a torrent of bullets, causing large clouds to form.

The harrowing one-minute clip is being investigated by Ukrainian officials and would amount to war crimes if confirmed. The Kremlin has denied the allegations. 

A surrendering soldier wearing Ukrainian uniform puts his hands on his head and lies on the ground after being surrounded by a group wearing Russian gear

A surrendering soldier wearing Ukrainian uniform puts his hands on his head and lies on the ground after being surrounded by a group wearing Russian gear 

A second serviceman staggered out of the hole but the group then appear to open fire at him as clouds of smoke puff up into the air

A second serviceman staggered out of the hole but the group then appear to open fire at him as clouds of smoke puff up into the air

It was not immediately possible to verify the video's authenticity or the circumstances in which it was filmed, and it was unclear when the incident took place.

The Ukrainian General Prosecutor's office today launched a criminal investigation, hours after the Ukrainian military's press office said in an online statement that the footage is genuine.

'The video shows a group in Russian uniforms shooting, at point-blank range, two unarmed servicemen in the uniform of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who were surrendering,' the prosecutor's office said in a Telegram update today.

The Russian defence ministry did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. 

As of this evening, there were no public statements from the Russian government or military on the video.

Kyiv, its Western allies and international human rights organisations have repeatedly accused Moscow of breaching international humanitarian law since it launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. 

The video first appeared yesterday on DeepState, a popular Ukrainian Telegram channel covering the war. 

The post claimed the footage came from the front lines near Avdiivka, a Ukrainian holdout in the country's part-occupied east where there has been fierce fighting in recent weeks.

The General Prosecutor's Office today said that the alleged killing took place in the Pokrovsk district, which includes Avdiivka and surrounding areas.

After hearing the gun fire the first soldier scrambles to his feet but quickly falls to the ground again as he is sprayed with a torrent of bullets causing large clouds to form

After hearing the gun fire the first soldier scrambles to his feet but quickly falls to the ground again as he is sprayed with a torrent of bullets

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