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Russian troops compared to ISIS after demanding ‘€5,000 to stop execution of captured Ukrainian soldier’

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Russian troops are compared to ISIS militants after they demanded ‘5,000 euros ransom from the mother of a captured Ukrainian soldier to prevent them from executing him on video’

  • Russian troops were compared to ISIS after demanding money in ransom video
  • The soldiers reportedly threatened to execute a captured Ukrainian soldier
  • They sent a video of Novikov Alexey Antonovich to his mother and demanded €5k
  • A Ukrainian presidential adviser said it showed Russia was a ‘terrorist state’

A Ukrainian adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky today compared Russian troops to ISIS militants after Putin’s troops threatened on video to execute a captured soldier unless his mother paid a ransom.

Ukrainian soldier Novikov Alexey Antonovich, from Mariupol, said he was captured on April 23 as part of the 109th Brigade of the Donetsk Territorial Defense.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the video of the captured soldier shows that Russia is a “terrorist state.”

He said: ‘The military is increasingly reminiscent of ISIS militants. Russia must be recognized as a terrorist state.’

Ukrainian soldier Novikov Alexey Antonovich (pictured), from Mariupol, said he was captured on April 23 and was part of the 109th Brigade of the Donetsk Territorial Defense

The young soldier was filmed by his Russian captors for a video sent to his mother

They demanded $5,000 unless she wanted the next video to be her son's execution

The young soldier was filmed by his Russian captors for a video sent to his mother. They demanded $5,000 unless she wanted the next video to be her son’s execution

He added that the Russian soldiers threatened to send a video of his execution if they did not receive the money.

Footage shows the Ukrainian soldier being filmed being asked his name and how he was being treated.

The video was sent to the young soldier’s mother with a demand of €5,000 if she wanted her son to live.

In the footage Mr Podolyak shared online, the Ukrainian soldier told his Russian captor that he was being treated ‘okay’. He said, ‘I have food, water, a toilet here.’

The deranged despot Vladimir Putin wanted his war in Ukraine to last just days and end with the fall of the pro-Western government.

Last week, however, it entered its third month as Russia continued to attack the southern port city of Mariupol and launched new attacks in the Donbas as both Ukrainians and Russians celebrated Easter Orthodox.

There has been heavy fighting in Mariupol in particular.  Russia has sent its troops to eastern Ukraine after failing to take Kiev.  Pictured: A destroyed tank and burnt vehicle are in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol on April 23

There has been heavy fighting in Mariupol in particular. Russia has sent its troops to eastern Ukraine after failing to take Kiev. Pictured: A destroyed tank and burnt vehicle are in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol on April 23

A boy stands next to a wrecked vehicle in front of an apartment building damaged during the Ukraine-Russia war in the southern port city of Mariupol on April 24

A boy stands next to a wrecked vehicle in front of an apartment building damaged during the Ukraine-Russia war in the southern port city of Mariupol on April 24

A satellite image shows damage to the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on April 24

A satellite image shows damage to the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol on April 24

The British Ministry of Defense said Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol are depleting many Russian troops.  It added that Russia has

The British Ministry of Defense said Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol are depleting many Russian troops. It added that Russia has “not yet made a significant breakthrough” of defenses in Donbas. had reached

British intelligence said today that Russia had “not yet achieved a significant breakthrough” of defensive lines in Donbas, despite Ukraine imposing “significant costs” on Putin’s forces.

The British Ministry of Defense said poor logistical and combat support hampered Russia’s advance, as it did with the failed attempt to take Kiev.

Ukrainian defenders holed up in the Azovstal steel mill in the southern city of Mariupol – which is still under siege – also detained “many Russian units” and prevented them from redeploying to the Donbas front, while also destroying Putin’s troops. exhausting them and their struggle diminished effectiveness, the MoD added.

Since the war started on February 24, Kiev claims to have killed nearly 22,000 Russian soldiers, destroying military equipment worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Putin’s army has suffered some embarrassing losses, most notably the Moskva missile cruiser, believed to have been destroyed by Ukrainian missiles.

The apparent inability to prevent Ukraine from attacking targets in Russia with missiles is also likely to cause red faces in the Kremlin.

On Sunday, Oleksiy Arestovich, another adviser to President Zelensky, said the situation in Mariupol was “very difficult.”

He said: Our defenders are holding the defense in incredibly difficult conditions. Our tropo must also protect the citizens there.’

He said more than 1,000 civilians, including the elderly and children, were hiding from the fighting at the Azovstal steel plant, guarded by Ukrainian troops.

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