Russia’s Investigative Committee launched a criminal probe on Monday over a Ukrainian social advertisement, calling for violence against Russian soldiers. The advertisement, shot in distinctive style resembling propaganda videos by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists, features mock execution of a Russian soldier.
The controversial video emerged on social media over the weekend, promptly sparking outrage in Russia. The advertisement features a woman, apparently portraying Ukraine, delivering a hateful speech against Russians with a ‘prisoner’, donning clothes resembling Russian military uniform kneeling by her side. The actress accuses Russian “pigs” of mocking, oppressing and killing Ukrainians for a long time and states that now the situation has changed.
“They’ve been until something terrible woke up among the peace-loving and grain-growing nation. Something that has been dormant for centuries in the bowels of the Dnieper banks. Primordial and antique Ukrainian god. And now we’re reaping a bloody harvest. Death awaits you all,” the actress states, ‘slitting’ the throat of the ‘prisoner’ with a sickle.