He added that the soldier was alive and well.

The video is circulating online as Russia continues to experience battlefield setbacks in Ukraine, most recently the withdrawal of troops from Kherson, the first major city captured by Russia after it began its invasion in February.

Ukraine has taken back territory in the east and south through a series of successful counter-offensives amid reports of low morale and a high death toll of Russian soldiers.

Alia Shoaib is a junior news reporter on the weekend team, based in London. She was previously an editorial intern at The Economist’s 1843 magazine and a social media fellow at The Economist. Prior to that she was a part-time researcher for The Times foreign desk. Alia has written articles for The Independent, The Guardian, 1843 Magazine, The Economist, and others. She also has an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London. This first appeared in Insider.