Zelenskyy Vows to Find Russian Killers of POW Who Shouted Ukraine Slogan

  • A horrific video shows a Ukrainian soldier being shot dead after shouting: “Glory to Ukraine.”
  • Zelenskyy drew attention to the video in his nightly address, vowing to find his killers. 
  • Ukraine’s Armed Forces have since identified the soldier as Timofei Shadura, who fought in Bakhmut.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed to find Russian killers after a horrific video appears to show them gunning down a Ukrainian prisoner of war for shouting “Glory to Ukraine.”

In his nightly address on Monday, Zelenskyy said: “Today, a video has emerged of the occupiers brutally killing a warrior who bravely said to their faces: ‘Glory to Ukraine!'”

“I want us all to respond to his words together, in unity: ‘Glory to the Hero! Glory to the Heroes! Glory to Ukraine!’ And we will find the murderers,” he added. “Ukraine will not forget the feat of each and everyone whose lives gave freedom to Ukraine forever.”

His comments were in response to a video that has been circulating on various Telegram channels, which appears to show the brutal execution of an unarmed Ukrainian soldier. It is unclear who first posted the video or where and when it was taken. 

The video shows the POW, dressed in camouflage and smoking a cigarette, standing in a shallow trench as he faces his captors. He takes a drag from his cigarette and then says “Slava Ukraini” — or “Glory to Ukraine” — before bullets repeatedly hit his body and he crumbles to the floor. 

A voice in Russian is then heard saying, “Die bitch,” Al Jazeera reported.

On Tuesday the Ukrainian Armed Forces identified the soldier in the video as Timofei Shadura, who was part of Ukraine’s 30th Separate Mechanized Brigade and was fighting in Bakhmut.

In a statement shared on Facebook, they said that Shadura’s body is still in occupied territory and that his identity will be fully confirmed once it is returned. He had been missing since early February, they said. 

“Revenge will be irreversible,” the army added. “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!”

The phrase “Glory to Ukraine” and the response “Glory to the Heroes” has been used as a rallying cry since the start of Russia’s attack on Ukraine last year.

Other top Ukrainian officials have also brought attention to the video, including Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba who appealed to International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan to launch an investigation.