Russian soldiers filmed shooting unarmed Ukrainian civilians in the back – World News
Leonid Pliats and his boss were shot in the back and now the murders are being investigated by Ukrainian prosecutors as a suspected war crime
The murder of two unarmed men by Russian soldiers in Ukraine has been captured on CCTV footage in one of the clearest examples to date of war crimes committed by Vladimir Putin’s regime.
Security guard Leonid Pliats and his boss were shot in the back as they walked away from Russian soldiers they spoke with and now the murders are being investigated by Ukrainian prosecutors as as a suspected war crime.
Video footage obtained by the BBC captured the horrific detail when two Ukrainian men were shot dead.
Leonid worked in a bicycle shop just outside Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital.
The video clearly shows Russian soldiers shooting the two unarmed Ukrainians before looting the store.
Using recordings from several CCTV cameras and after speaking to people Leonid phoned that day and to the Ukrainian volunteer fighters who tried to save him, the BBC reports that Russian soldiers rushed to the places in a stolen van.
Images show it displaying the ‘V’ sign used by Russian forces, as well as the words Tank Spetsnaz.
The men wear Russian military uniform as they approach the store with guns and their fingers on the trigger.
Leonid tries to show the soldiers that he is unarmed and poses no threat by walking towards them with his hands raised.
At first, the scene is calm. Russian soldiers talk to Leonid and his boss through a fence, some even smoking.
The two shop workers then turn away and the Russian soldiers leave.
But suddenly, the soldiers turn around and fire several times at the two Ukrainians while their backs are turned.
His boss is killed instantly, but Leonid manages to get into the cabin where he can call for help, having tied his belt around his thigh to stop the blood flow.
Leonid spoke to his friend Vasyl Podlevskyi twice on the phone as he was bleeding.
Vasyl remembers his friend talking about how the Russians pretended not to kill civilians, and yet they shot him.
“I said can you at least get a hard on? And he said to me, Vasya, I barely crawled here. Everything hurts so much. I feel really bad,” Vasyl told the BBC.
“So I told him to hang on and started phoning Home Defense.”
While Leonid was bleeding, the Russians stayed put, shooting into the rooms and then stealing items like bicycles and a scooter.
Footage shows them leafing through papers in the principal’s office and drinking his whiskey.
Vasyl phoned volunteer fighters Sasha and Kostya, who sold air conditioning before the war with Russia broke out.
Knowing that they were outnumbered by the heavily armed Russian soldiers, they were forced to wait to help Leonid.
Sasha said they did their best to comfort him on the phone as he lay dying.
They kept telling her they were on their way and Sasha hopes that helped the badly injured man. Unfortunately, by the time they reached him, he was already dead.
The two volunteer fighters still had to take cover from a Russian tank as they pulled out the bodies of the two men.
The BBC reports that there is “ample evidence against the men for these murders” after studying the footage.
One of the killer’s faces is uncovered and visible in the video.
The bodies of 37 civilians were discovered, after being shot, on the road to kyiv after Russian forces were pushed back.
With more than 10,000 cases registered, the prosecutor’s office is now examining the murder of Leonid and his boss as another possible war crime.
Speaking to the BBC after his death, Leonid’s daughter Yulia Androshchuk said: “My dad wasn’t military at all. He was a pensioner. They killed a 65-year-old man. Why? “
She is currently abroad and has not even been able to say goodbye and bury her father yet.
Yulia said she was “full of grief – and fear” over her father’s death, and said she is “afraid” of what the Russians will do next.