Ukraine has released a headcam footage showing their perspective.
Ignore the first and last scene, as far as I can tell they aren't related to the actual events.
BBC has compared the videos
and concluded that the drone video and the headcam video are of the same event.
The sequence of events from the headcam
- Ukrainian forces cornered a group of Russian soldiers to a shed.
- One Ukrainian soldier approached the shed. We can see several presumably surrendering Russian soldiers prone on the ground.
- One by one, three more Russian soldiers came out from the shed, hands up, and laid down.
- One Russian soldier stepped out from behind the shed's wall and immediately opened fire with his assault rifle on full auto.
- The camera immediately drops to the ground. Impossible to tell why.
Neither the drone footage nor the headcam footage show the full firefight. We don't know how many casualties the Ukrainians took. We do not know whether the rest of the Russians kept prone or if they tried to use the moment to regain their weapons or run away. But it was very clear that this is not a straightforward surrender and the Russian soldier opened fire first during a surrender, therefore violating the usual surrender protocol.
This is not Ukrainian soldiers taking revenge for a relative lost in an air strike. This is a Russian soldier opening fire at Ukrainian troops. It can be argued that the lone Russian soldier was a rogue while the rest of his platoon really meant to surrender, but right now we do not know that.