This is the shocking moment when a Russian tank appears to shoot and kill an elderly Ukrainian man walking down a street in the besieged port city of Mariupol.
Video claims to show a civilian walking down an empty city street before a Russian military vehicle opened fire and killed the man.
The images, which have not been independently verified, first show a Russian tank nestled among what appear to be the remains of a destroyed civilian building.
The video then widens to show the citizen, presumably an elderly man, walking quietly across the street – without making any attempt to hide or show any kind of aggression.
The Russian tank then opens fire and would instantly kill the civilian if the grenade hit the building directly behind it, in an explosion of flames and smoke.
The images, which have not been independently verified, firstly show a Russian tank (circled) located among what appears to be the remains of a destroyed civilian building
The video then widens to show the citizen (circled), presumably an elderly man, walking quietly across the street – without making any attempt to hide or show any kind of aggression
The Russian tank then opens fire, reportedly killing the civilian instantly when the grenade hits the building directly behind it, in an explosion of flames and smoke.
Ukraine’s Azov Battalion Unit, which released the footage, said: ‘Cruel footage of the murder of a resident of Mariupol by Russian tankers.
The older man drew attention to himself so that he wouldn’t be shot, and Putin’s villain shot a defenseless civilian. This is what the ‘Russian world looks like’.’
Mariupol is one of the hardest hit cities in Ukraine, with the city under an almost constant barrage of Russian bombs.
Video claims to show a civilian (center right) walking down an empty city street, while a Russian tank stands nearby (top left of image)
Video claims to show how Russian military vehicle opened fire and killed man
A plume of black smoke rises in the sky after the explosion
Russian troops bombed a theater in the city on Wednesday where hundreds of civilians, including children, were hiding, the city council said.
Officials said it is impossible to know how many people were killed or injured in the attack on the Mariupol Drama Theater as the shelling of residential areas in the city continues, meaning rescue workers cannot reach those in the rubble.
After the Russian bombing, the central part of the theater collapsed and debris blocked access to the bomb shelter in the building, the city council said.
Russian missile strikes also targeted a convoy of people fleeing Mariupol, killing civilians, including children, after previous attacks targeted a nearby IDP hub. It is not yet known how many people were killed in the shelling.
Russian troops bombed a theater on Wednesday where hundreds of civilians, including children, were hiding in the encircled port city of Mariupol, the city council said.
Officials said it is impossible to know how many people were killed or injured in the attack on the Mariupol Drama Theater (picture before the attack) as the shelling of residential areas in the city continues, meaning rescue workers are those in the rubble. unable to reach
The Ukrainian army said civilians from Mariupol had traveled to the city of Zaporizhzhya through a humanitarian corridor – supposedly safe passageways for civilians to flee – when they were shelled by Russian forces.
An image of the shooting site showed a burnt-out car, with a damaged door blown open.
More than 28,800 civilians have managed to flee Mariupol through various humanitarian corridors, but thousands are still trapped in the city, Ukrainian officials said.
The evacuation of civilians in Mariupol came even as Russian forces renewed their shelling on the coastal city, where hundreds of thousands of civilians have struggled to survive without heating, food and clean water.
Russian missile strikes also targeted a convoy of people fleeing Mariupol, killing civilians, including children, after previous attacks targeted a nearby IDP hub. Pictured: A car of a convoy of people fleeing Mariupol, destroyed by shelling, was spotted on a road in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya region on Wednesday
According to regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, Russian troops in Mariupol have rounded up 400 people from houses next to the city’s number two hospital, along with 100 doctors and patients already inside, and are refusing to let them leave.
Humanitarian convoys again failed to reach Mariupol due to the Russian attack, but managed to deliver aid and set up evacuation corridors from Ukraine’s northeastern Sumy region.
The head of the Red Cross, which helped organize the evacuations, arrived in Kiev on Wednesday to push for better access to humanitarian aid and protection for civilians.
In total, more than 3 million refugees have fled Ukraine, according to the UN – Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II.
Meanwhile, the The UN’s highest court has ordered Russia to end hostilities in Ukraine in an effort to further isolate Moscow from the world stage.
Kiev filed a case with the International Court of Justice immediately after Putin ordered his men to attack on February 24, saying his justification — that genocide was being committed in Donbass — was unfounded and contrary to international law.
Judges today ruled in Ukraine’s favor and ordered Russia to recall its troops and stop attacks from troops it supports – referring to the “republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk.
The court has no jurisdiction to enforce the ruling and Vladimir Putin is likely to ignore it, but President Volodymyr Zelensky warned today that this will “isolate Russia even further” from other nations.