War crimes: Bloodcurdling video shows execution of two civilians

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Although the war in Ukraine appears far from over, investigations into war crimes committed since the Russian invasion began are mounting, and some of the evidence is chilling.

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The CNN network has obtained images from a surveillance camera showing a possible war crime committed against two civilians, two unarmed men who were shot in the back by Russian soldiers.

Even though they were not in a confrontation, the men were cowardly shot by the Russian soldiers, who had asked them for a cigarette a few seconds earlier.

Screenshot | CNN

The scene takes place in a car dealership a stone’s throw from a highway not far from Kyiv, where a violent attack had just taken place.

The facts unfold at the beginning of the Russian invasion, on March 19, as Putin’s troops attempt to reach the capital.

The dealership, which was not involved in the battle but was on the side of the highway, is visited by at least half a dozen armed soldiers.

Inside the store, two Ukrainian men are preparing to meet the soldiers.

One of them is the owner of the company, but the family did not want to reveal his identity.

The other man was hired to protect the scene. “My father’s name is Leonid Oleksiyovych Plyats,” his daughter Yulia Plyats explains in an interview with CNN.

She wants the world to know her name and what the Russians did to her.

The two unarmed men go towards the Russian soldiers. You chat with them for a few moments and then walk away, unaware of what has been prepared.

Screenshot | CNN

The soldiers decide to retrace their steps and shoot in cold blood without warning.

Seriously injured, Leonid stands up a few moments later.

Losing a lot of blood, he goes back to the store and calls for backup.

He explains to the Ukrainian protection brigade everything that just happened.

Screenshot | CNN

Unfortunately, when the men from the Ukrainian army arrive, it is almost too late. Leonid Oleksiyovych Plyats has already lost large amounts of blood.

“A man from our group went over there and the guy was still alive. He bandaged him, tried to give him first aid, but the Russians started shooting,” said a Ukrainian army man.

Leonid Oleksiyovych Plyats did not survive, and the Russians shelled the concessionaire.

Leonid Oleksiyovych Plyats

Leonid’s daughter could not watch the video, but she wants to keep it for future generations so that what happened will not be forgotten.

She remembers the last words her father said to her: “Goodbye, kisses, say hello to your boys”.

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