“The clip appears to show a TV set and film crew watching on as a Jihadi John-like figure stands next to a prisoner kneeling next to him,” Roy McKeown writes for the tabloid.
“The video was uploaded to YouTube by user YAC” on Sunday, McKeown notes.
The newspaper omits the fact the video was retrieved from the French language edition of Sputnik News, an international multimedia news service launched by Rossiya Segodnya, an agency owned by the Russian government.
Sputnik News claims the video was hacked by the CyberBerkut group from the device of a Sen. John McCain staffer while on a trip to Ukraine.
The pro-Russian hacktivist group primarily targets NATO websites and US military-industrial complex corporations, including Greystone Limited and Triple Canopy. It has also attacked the Ukrainian government and the German Chancellery and the German Bundestag.