Ukraine probes video purported to show soldier’s beheading
Ukraine launched an investigation on Wednesday into a gruesome video circulating on social media that purportedly shows the beheading of a Ukrainian soldier.
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The video spread quickly online and sparked outrage from Ukrainian officials. The Kremlin called the footage “horrible” but said it needed to be verified.
Meanwhile, a Russian defence official claimed that fighters from Russia’s paramilitary Wagner group have seized three districts of Bakhmut, the embattled city that for months has been the focus of Moscow’s grinding campaign in the east.
The video circulating online appears to show a man in green fatigues wearing a yellow armband, typically donned by Ukrainian fighters. He is heard screeching before another man in camouflage uses a knife to decapitate him.