Zelensky pledges to 'identify the killers' of a Ukrainian soldierwhose execution was captured on film. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised to bring to justice those responsible for the execution of a Ukrainian soldier, Tymofiy Mykolayovych Shadura, whose death was captured on video and has been widely circulated.
The footage - circulated widely on social media - shows what appears to be a detained Ukrainian combatant standing in a shallow trench, smoking. Moments after saying 'Glory to Ukraine,' he is gunned down and slumps to the ground.
President Zelensky, who was elected in April 2019, has called for an emergency meeting of Ukraine's security council in response to the incident. In a statement, Zelensky said that he was "deeply shocked" by the video and expressed his condolences to the soldier's family. He also vowed to "find the murderers" and bring them to justice.
The execution of Tymofiy has sparked outrage in Ukraine and around the world, with many calling for an end to the ongoing conflict in the region. The conflict began in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea and has since claimed the lives of over 13,000 people.
The international community has condemned the execution of the Ukrainian soldier, with the United Nations calling for an immediate end to the fighting in eastern Ukraine. The European Union has also called for an investigation into the incident and has urged all parties to respect human rights and international law.
The incident comes as tensions between Ukraine and Russia remain high. In November 2018, Russia captured three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews in the Kerch Strait, a move that was widely condemned by the international community. The Ukrainian government has accused Russia of supporting separatists in the Donbas region, a charge that Moscow denies.
The Russia-Ukraine war is an ongoing conflict that began in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. The conflict has since spread to other parts of eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have declared independent republics in Donetsk and Luhansk. The conflict has claimed the lives of over 13,000 people and has displaced millions of others.
The conflict began in February 2014 when protests in Ukraine's capital city, Kiev, led to the overthrow of the pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Following Yanukovych's ouster, Russia annexed Crimea, a move that was widely condemned by the international community. In response to Russia's actions, Ukraine launched a military operation against the separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The conflict has drawn international attention and condemnation, with the United States and European Union imposing economic sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine. The conflict also remains a source of tension between Russia and the West, with many countries calling for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
The execution of Tymofiy is a tragic reminder of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the human cost of the violence. President Zelensky's pledge to bring those responsible to justice is a step in the right direction, but it remains to be seen what actions will be taken to ensure accountability for this heinous crime.