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Russian State TV Airs Video of Russian Soldier Executing Comrade, Falsely Labels Them Ukrainian

Russian state TV spreading propaganda. Source: Russian media
Russian state TV spreading propaganda. Source: Russian media

The Russian state television channel "Russia 24" published a video of Russian soldier executing a fellow soldier and tried to convince viewers that they were Ukrainian soldiers.

Military journalist Andrii Tsaplienko reported that this video was first published on his Telegram channel on June 22, after it was filmed by reconnaissance drones of the 118th brigade in the Robotyne area of ​​the Zaporizhzhia region.

"This video was provided to me directly by servicemen of the 118th brigade on June 22 after the brigade's strike drones destroyed a group of enemy infantrymen who were trying to gain a foothold in the Robotyne area. There is no journalism or information broadcasting in Russia. Only information and psychological operations and propaganda," the journalist wrote.

Institute of War also confirmed that the video shows Russian soldiers:

“Recent drone footage showing a Russian soldier executing a wounded fellow servicemember exemplifies the brutal culture that is pervasive within the Russian Armed Forces. The footage shows one Russian soldier wounded by a first-person view (FPV) drone strike, and the other soldier executing the wounded soldier at point blank range instead of attempting to check the soldier’s injury, attempting treatment, taking his identification tags, or attempting a casualty evacuation. The attempted or deliberate killing of a fellow soldier is unprofessional, and ISW has observed instances of Russian fragging (the deliberate killing of supervisors) and other anecdotes demonstrative of a callous disregard for the lives of Russia’s own soldiers throughout the war thus far, both within Russia and amongst Russian troops on the battlefield,” states ISW.

This is not the first time Russian state propagandists have been accused of spreading disinformation, and multiple information resources used as tools of Russian propaganda across all member states of the Union have been sanctioned by the EU.

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