The American CNN has published this Thursday a video obtained by the surveillance camera of a business on the outskirts of kyiv in which several Russian soldiers appear to shoot two unarmed Ukrainian civilians. The chain assures that the video to which it has had access is part of the investigation of the alleged war crimes committed by Russian troops in Ukraine currently processed by Ukrainian prosecutors.
CNN has released a video from surveillance cameras in which the Russian occupiers shot two unarmed civilians in the back. It happened on March 16 in Kyiv region.
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Both civilians died after the shooting that, according to the chaingoes against war conventions that prohibit attacking civilians. One of them was the owner of a car dealership that was looted, whose family did not provide his name, and the second was named Leonid Oleksiyovych Plyats, 68, and worked as a security guard for the business.
The incident occurred on March 16 and is not part of the attacks by Russian troops that, on those dates, devastated the towns around the Ukrainian capital. The footage shows five Russian soldiers trying to break into businesses in the area, shooting locks and breaking windows.
When the dealership owner walks up with his hands up, he singles him out and appears to search him for weapons. Then Plyats arrives and is also frisked. There appears to be some conversation before the soldiers turn around and the two civilians start walking back to their posts. Immediately afterwards, at least two of the soldiers appear behind the men and open fire. Both civilians fall to the ground. The Russian soldiers, as shown in the video, walk away from the bodies of the men they just shot, leaving them lying on the ground.
Sources from the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office assured that the incident is being investigated as a war crime after seeing the video obtained by CNN. In addition to the murder, the video shows, according to the chain, the unprofessional behavior of the group of five soldiers, identified as members of the invading force by their uniforms, after analyzing who controlled that area at the time of the event and the statements of witnesses.
Plyats’ daughter, Yulia, said she can’t bear to watch the video from the day her father died, but is saving it to one day show her children. “They are executioners,” she told CNN. “It’s horrible because my father was a civilian, he was 68 years old, a peaceful and unarmed man.”
Apparently, while the soldiers looted the shops, Plyats was still alive. The video shows him struggling to his feet, tying what looks like a tourniquet around his thigh, and limping back to his guard post. There, he gets a phone to call for help. I finally died.
The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office and various NGOs and international organizations are conducting an investigation to try to find out whether war crimes and even acts of genocide have been committed extensively during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24. EFE