In a brutal video posted today, a pro-Russian militant is shown being beaten, crucified on a cross, and set on fire, with the video cutting out right as the flames begin to reach him.
The “Strategic Culture” site explains what they believe to be the context of the video:
The brutal murder was reportedly carried out by members of the Azov Battalion, which was converted into a regiment last year, making it a de facto part of the Ukrainian Army. The paramilitary group forms “the backbone of the forces fighting against the local self-defense militia advocating independence from Ukraine.”
Ukrainian nationalist volunteers have repeatedly been accused of carrying out “ISIS-style war crimes” during the conflict, including beheadings.
The execution, which was reportedly carried out near the village of Shirokino, came with a message from Azov fighters to pro-Russian rebels; “All the separatists, traitors of Ukraine and militia fighters will be treated the same”.
Pro-separatist hackers Cyberberkut, to whom the video was sent, responded by vowing that no Ukrainian Army or militia fighters would be taken alive in future.
The video has not been confirmed, but if true, it’s chilling and frightening evidence to the heights that this altercation has reached.