When I first saw the Twitter video purportedly of a helpless Ukrainian prisoner of war being executed, my knee-jerk reaction was of shock and disgust.
That was at first sight, but I decided to give the tweet and the video itself a bit more scrutiny.
But first, I’d like it to be known that I admire the hell out of the Ukrainian people and their fighting spirit. A year ago when I first saw the video of weapons and ammo being handed-out by the truckload to the civilian populus, I nearly called the Ukrainian Embassy to see if they could save one or two for me.
On the other side of the coin, I’m non-too-thrilled with weapons and military equipment literally being taken away from our own military. The Biden plan of throwing nearly one-tenth of a trillion dollars at the Kiev government, well… that just pisses me off as an American taxpayer.
Back to the topic at hand.
First of all, the video was posted to Twitter by the privately-owned media organization, Ukrainska Pravda (Ukrainian truth). So far, so good. The more voices, the better.
But in the same article by Pravda.com.ua they cite as their source as none other than “Andrii Yermak, Head of the President’s Office of Ukraine.”
Secondly, we’re told that the last words of the supposedly executed POW was “Слава Україні” (Glory to Ukraine).
I don’t speak Ukrainian, but between the Western Media constantly shoving it down our throats and Google Translate, I know that “Слава Україні” is pronounced “Slah-vah Oo-cry-yeen-knee”.
I’ve played that video over and over. I don’t know what he said, but it sure as hell wasn’t “Slah-vah Oo-cry-yeen-knee”.
Lastly, from the smoke after shots being fired, it looks to me that at least three automatic weapons were used. One on the left, two on the right. It also looks to me like the unseen executors are about 15-20 feet from the only person seen in the entire video clip.
The standard Russian issued rifle is the AK-12 and a slew of other variants that fall into the AK-12 family. I honestly believe it’s important to point out that not only does the AK-12 family have automatic-fire as an option for the shooter, the AK-12 family also has the varying calibers;
- 5.45×39mm (most widely used by Russian Army)
- 5.56×45mm (of M-16, AR-15 fame)
- 7.62×39mm (same rounds used by AK-47, AK-74)
- 7.62×51mm (civilian equivalent is the .308)
Please keep in mind that anyone shot by 2-3 automatic rifles of medium to heavy rifle caliber at a distance of 15-20 feet is going to be spun around like a top and forcefully knocked backwards. That’s not only basic ballistics, but also common sense.
If you replay this video, you’ll see that this supposed POW falls straight down, then forward. I am aware that on occasion when someone is shot at close range, they may fall forward, but only after their head an upper torso violently bend backwards. Kind of like the whole body reacts like a whip.
Just me, but I find it at least as curious that he didn’t appear to be knocked backwards in the least. Not even a little.
Російські загарбники розстріляли безбройного українського військовополоненого за слова “Слава Україні”. pic.twitter.com/73Vzqsjcdn
— Українська правда ✌️ (@ukrpravda_news) March 6, 2023
2 thoughts on “Twitter; Supposed Video of Russians Executing Ukrainian Prisoner of War”
Not strange at all, considering that one of the first rounds fired, if not actually THE first round fired, appeared to be a center head shot. Mammals receiving a high-velocity bullet to the brain usually go limp and fall, then once on the ground, stiffen for a few seconds.
I disagree, Jeff. Even though pixilated, there’s no visible blood splatter nor brains blown out. IF the first round was a headshot, what of all the other rounds that supposedly hit him split seconds later? At 15-20 feet away, rounds of 5.56 to 7.62 would have spun him all over the place.
With that aside, thanks for commenting! I appreciate all opinions.