Two sisters could be jailed for filming themselves twerking by the graves of Ukrainian soldiers as they visited the cemetery where their father is buried
- The two sisters said their late father would have found the dancing video funny
- The sisters later apologised, admitting they were wrong and it was inappropriate
Two sisters whose father was killed defending Ukraine against the Russian invasion are facing jail after filming themselves dancing and twerking by the graves of fallen soldiers.
Amid furious backlash over the footage, the twerking pair defended themselves, claiming their late father would have found their antics funny.
But the sisters eventually admitted they were wrong and that the video was inappropriate.
Police confirmed the two unnamed girls will be charged with desecrating a grave, and could now face up to five years in prison.
Phone footage showed the two young sisters – dressed in black crop tops and skin-tight shorts – doing a dance while standing between soldiers’ graves adorned with flowers and the Ukrainian flag.
Dressed in a black crop-top and skin-tight shorts, one of the sisters is pictured dancing at the graves at the Forest Cemetery in Kyiv
Her sister, who appears to be talking on her phone, then joins in with the dancing and is seen twerking in front of the camera
One of the girls is first seen putting the phone down to record next to the soldiers’ graves before she then begins swaying with her arms in the air.
Her sister, who appears to be talking on her phone, then joins and is seen twerking in front of the camera.
They performed the bizarre act while visiting their father’s grave at the Forest Cemetery in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, on August 24.
Their father was reportedly a soldier of the 95th Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who was killed near Izium, in the eastern Donetsk region.
Local law enforcement eventually saw the footage after the girls shared it on Instagram, where it generated widespread outrage.
Ukrainian Police then tracked them down in less than an hour and they were detained.
Following the strong reaction, one of the sisters took to social media to apologise, saying: ‘My sister and I apologise. We honour every fallen soldier for our homeland.
‘We visited the grave of our fallen father, who died near Izium. Unfortunately, it was not very correct to post this kind of video, although we did not intend to defame heroes.’
One of the girls is first seen putting the phone down to record next to the soldiers’ graves before she then begins swaying with her arms in the air
A Ukrainian police officer is pictured with each of the detained sisters in Kyiv on Thursday last week. They could face up to five years in prison for being deemed to have insulted graves
The two sisters apologised for their ill-judged antics at the soldiers’ grave side, but said their late father would have found it funny
She said she and her sister thought her dad would have found the video and dancing humorous.
‘Our behaviour was connected to our understanding of our late father’s perspective on burial customs,’ she said, ‘So we didn’t see anything wrong at the time, but now we regret it.’
Ukrainian law enforcement are continuing to investigate the incident.
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