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- Apr 18, 2013
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What We Know About What Happened in Ukraine’s Bucha - The Moscow Times
Ukraine accused Russia of having committed a "massacre" in Bucha, where the bodies of civilians were found in the streets.
Collecting the bodies of executed civilians in Bucha, Ukraine northwest of Kyiv.
Ukraine on Sunday accused the Russian army of having committed a "massacre" in Bucha, a town northwest of Kyiv recently retaken by Ukrainian troops, where the bodies of civilians were found in the streets. This is what we know at this stage about what happened in Bucha. Bucha, a commuter town of around 37,000 outside Kyiv, as well as the nearby town of Irpin, saw fierce fighting since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. Bucha was occupied by the Russian army on the third day of the war, on Feb. 26, and remained inaccessible for more than a month. Shelling stopped on Thursday and Ukrainian forces were only able to fully enter the town a few days ago. AFP on Saturday saw the bodies of at least 22 people in civilian clothes on a single street in Bucha. One of them was on the pavement near a bicycle, others had bags of provisions near them. One body had his hands tied behind his back and most of the bodies were scattered over several hundred meters on one street. Another corpse was found near the station, under a blanket. Witnesses told AFP that they saw Chechen fighters amid the Russian forces.
The cause of death of these people could not be immediately determined, but at least two of them had large head wounds. The skin on the faces of the corpses looked waxy, suggesting that they had been there for at least several days. According to the mayor of Bucha, Anatoliy Fedoruk, the victims were killed by Russian forces with a "bullet in the back of the neck." The corpses of 57 people were found in a mass grave, the chief of local rescue efforts Serhiy Kaplychniy, said as he showed AFP the trench where the bodies lay. The mass grave is behind a church in the town's center. Some of the bodies were either unburied or partially buried. They were all dressed in civilian clothes. On Sunday Mayor Fedoruk said 280 people were buried in mass graves because they could not have be buried in cemeteries that were within firing range. "We found mass graves. We found people with their hands and legs tied up... with bullet holes in the back of their heads," presidential spokesman Sergiy Nikiforov told the BBC Sunday.
War correspondants from AP, Reuters, CNN. and Agence France-Presse accompanied Ukrainian forces as they liberated the northwest Kyiv suburbs of Bucha and Irpin. What they discovered was horrific. The bodies of executed civilians were simply left to rot in the streets. Many had their hands or legs bound. From what I understand, recovery of the bodies was very difficult. Long ropes had to be attached to the corpses to flip them over because the Russians had boobytrapped some corpses with landmines. The Russians also boobytrapped homes and places where children might go such as a playground. Also discovered was a mass grave with bodies in black garbage bags, some with an arm or a leg protruding. Roughly 20 dead were uncovered with dozens more partially covered with dirt. The mayor said there should be about 280 more bodies deeper in this grave.
Here's what a CNN team on the scene of a mass grave in the Ukrainian town of Bucha saw
The horrors of Russia's occupation are becoming clear as Ukrainian forces retake the greater Kyiv area.