On Saturday, a monument to Oleksandr Matsievsky, a soldier brutally murdered by Russians, was unveiled in the Ukrainian city of Nizhin. The video of his execution in March circulated around the world. President Volodymyr Zelensky, honoring him posthumously, said that Matsievsky had become a “symbol of resistance” of the Ukrainian nation against the Russian aggressor.
“This monument looks like Oleksandr. But its significance is much greater because it represents strength, courage, the will to win and love for the homeland, for Ukraine,” said Andriy Gomeljak, a comrade in arms of the soldier murdered by the Russians, as quoted by Reuters.
When describing Matsiewski’s character, the agency reminds that in March this year, the recording of his execution circulated around the world.
It shows a man in uniform standing and smoking a cigarette, who was taken prisoner by Russia. When he says the words “Glory to Ukraine”, a man invisible in the frame shoots him with a burst from a machine gun. A Ukrainian soldier is killed. Although there were initially problems with determining who the man was, – according to Reuters – he was identified as Oleksandr Matsiewski.
“He didn’t mince words”
Paraska Demczuk, Matsiewski’s 68-year-old mother, was quoted by Reuters as recalling how her son swore he would never give up. “He didn’t mince words,” she added.
The soldier was posthumously awarded the Order of the Hero Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky he said that Matsiewski “became a symbol of the Ukrainian nation’s resistance to the Russian aggressor.”
The expression “Glory to Ukraine” and the response “Glory to the heroes” have been a characteristic greeting in Ukrainian public life since the beginning of the war.
Ukraine’s prosecutor general registered the soldier’s shooting as a criminal case under the section of the country’s criminal code that covers violations of the laws and customs of war.
Main photo source: Reuters