The Kremlin has described it as “terrible” the video about the alleged execution of a Ukrainian soldier at the hands of Russian soldiers, although he has stressed that “it is necessary to confirm its authenticity” before pronouncing, after the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, urge the international community to “react”.
“The first thing to do is to check the authenticity of these terrible images. Of course, it is a terrible thing,” Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said. “It is necessary to check if it is true or not, where it took place and, if it did take place, who was responsible”has added.
“First of all, in In the world of fake news we live in, it is necessary to verify the authenticity of this video”Peskov stressed, as reported by the Russian news agency TASS.
The images, released online on Tuesday, show alleged Russian military officers cutting off a man’s head with a knife. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has launched an investigation to try to find those responsible, of which no details have been disclosed.
For his part, Zelensky has stressed thate “there is something the world cannot ignore: how easily these beasts kill”. “Everyone must react. All the leaders. Do not expect it to be forgotten,” added the Ukrainian president, who has promised that there will be no forgiveness “for the murderers.”
The video has been shared on the private Telegram channel of Vladislav Pozdnyakov, the founder of the ultranationalist Russian group Male Statereports The Insider. “It breaks his spine. Haven’t you cut off heads before? Finish the job”, is heard during the recording. The Ukrainian authorities have compared Russia to the Islamic State.