Russia opens probe into video showing alleged beheading of Ukrainian soldier

Russia's General Prosecutor's office said on Thursday that it had opened an investigation into a video showing the alleged beheading of a Ukrainian soldier.

"In order to assess the credibility of these materials and make an appropriate decision, they have been forwarded to the investigative authorities for verification," it said.

The video shows apparent Russian soldiers filming themselves beheading a Ukrainian captive with a knife. The Kremlin said on Wednesday the video, which has circulated on social media, was "awful" and that its authenticity needed to be checked.

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