THIS is the horrifying moment an unarmed Ukrainian prisoner of war was shot dead after defiantly saying “glory to Ukraine”.
The country’s foreign minister said the soldier was “executed by Russian forces” as he branded Vladimir Putin‘s invasion “genocidal”.
Disturbing footage shows the Ukrainian troop standing in a shallow trench.
He takes a final drag of his cigarette and says “slava Ukraini”, which translates to “glory to Ukraine”, before being gunned down.
It is unclear where or when the harrowing clip was filmed.
Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba urged the International Criminal Court to investigate the footage, which could not be independently verified.
He tweeted: “Horrific video of an unarmed Ukrainian POW executed by Russian forces merely for saying “Glory to Ukraine”.
“Another proof this war is genocidal.
“It is imperative that @KarimKhanQC launches an immediate ICC investigation into this heinous war crime.
“Perpetrators must face justice.”
Meanwhile chilling drone pictures show a ravaged Ukrainian city reduced to an apocalyptic wasteland by Putin’s evil forces.
The gut-wrenching images reveal the charred ruins of the decimated city of Maryinka in Donetsk where 10,000 people once lived.
The deserted city is now filled with mountains of rubble after being pounded by Russian forces.
No building has been left standing and relentless shelling has turned the city’s trees into matchsticks.
Maryinka’s police chief, Artem Schus, said Russian troops are continuing to blast the ruins to “destroy all cover, regardless of whether it is a civilian shelter or a military facility”.
He said his city is “completely destroyed”.
Maryinka has been a battleground for years after Russian first invaded Ukraine in 2014.
And just 70 miles north, fighting is raging in the ruined city of Bakhmut.
months as part of Putin’s grinding eastern offensive.
Most buildings have been reduced to rubble and thousands of soldiers have died in street battles.
Russian military officials now claim the fight for Bakhmut is “close to its end” as Putin’s troops encircle the city.
Relentless Russian shelling has turned the city’s trees into matchsticks[/caption]
Drone footage shows the Ukrainian city has been reduced to rubble[/caption]