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Kyiv Called on the ICC to Launch an Investigation After the Appearance of a Video With the Beheading of a Ukrainian Prisoner

The Ukrainian leadership compared the authorities of the Russian Federation with the IG

On Wednesday, Ukraine compared Russia to the “Islamic State” and called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate after a video surfaced online of what appeared to be Russian military beheading a Ukrainian prisoner of war with a knife.

Reuters was unable to immediately verify the authenticity or provenance of a social media video of what is believed to be Russian military beheading a man dressed in Ukrainian insignia.

“There is something that no one in the world can ignore: how easily these animals kill,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video message. – You will have to answer for everything according to the law. Terror must be defeated.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted: “A horrifying video is being circulated online showing the Russian military decapitating a Ukrainian prisoner of war.

It is absurd that Russia, which is worse than IS, is chairing the UN Security Council.”

Recall that this month Russia began to preside on a rotating basis in the UN Security Council.

“Russian terrorists must be expelled from Ukraine and the UN and held accountable for their crimes,” Kuleba stressed.

Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria released videos of beheadings of prisoners while they controlled large parts of those countries in 2014-2017.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called on the ICC to “immediately investigate another atrocity of the Russian military.”

Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Anna Malyar called for an end to the distribution of the video on the Internet.

“Remember, the enemy wants to intimidate us. He wants to make us weaker,” she said.

The Internal Security Agency of Ukraine announced that it had opened an investigation on suspicion of a war crime in connection with this video.

In Geneva, the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine called videos posted on social media “particularly creepy.”

In addition to the alleged execution, another video shows the mutilated bodies of Ukrainian prisoners of war, the report says.

“Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case,” the document emphasizes. “Recent incidents must also be properly investigated and those responsible held accountable.”

Source: golosameriki