The video that has just been distributed from the Ukrainian port of Cherson is shocking: Russian troops opened fire on unarmed civilians who were demonstrating against the invaders in the city of 290,000.
The shots from the automatic weapons can be heard in the video, people suddenly have to run for their lives. A little later, pictures show an elderly demonstrator lying on the ground, his leg likely to have been hit by a projectile. Helpers carry him to a vehicle – despite the continued shelling.
These images of gunned down civilians are a disaster for Kremlin propaganda. Every photo shows: nobody wants to be “liberated” or “denazified”, demonstrators are being fired at.
It is not only in Cherson that civilians are repeatedly targeted by the troops of both parties to the conflict. There are also increasing accusations against the Ukrainian army of using the civilian population as a shield against artillery fire from the Russian army – in just four weeks of war, we reported, 902 civilians have already been killed in Ukraine.