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Ukraine has launched a war crimes investigation after the bodies of civilians were found strewn in the streets as Russian forces withdrew from areas around the capital, Kyiv.
Bucha e Earpmen They were symbols of resistance to the Russian invasion, but now they are synonymous with abuses More dangerous than war.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, so far 410 civilian bodies have been found in the suburbs of Kyiv.
Russia asserts, without evidence, that the photos and videos are a “phased representation” by Ukraine.
But what Ukrainian officials and BBC correspondents saw there after the withdrawal of Russian forces shocked many.
Accusations of war crimes and genocide
Many Western countries expressed their horror at the images of corpses scattered in the streets of cities.
“You may remember that I was criticized for calling Putin a war criminal. Well, the truth is you saw what happened in Bucha… He’s a war criminal. But we have to gather information,” the US president said on Monday. . Joe Biden.
The US president also called for the prosecution of war crimes against the Russian president, and added that he is seeking to apply more sanctions after the reported atrocities in Ukraine.
Germany has condemned him as A horrific war crime. the president of France, Emmanuel Macronand categorize the images as “insoDoorplz”.
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnsonthat these “terrible attacks” evidence of war crimes.
United States Secretary of State, Anthony BlinkShe described the sightings of corpses lying in the streets as a “kick in the stomach”.
Meanwhile, Russia remains defiant. He says his operation – which he refuses to call a war of conquest – is going according to plan and that the accusations of war crimes are all false.
What happened in Bucha?
Two or three days after Russia launched an invasion of its neighbor on February 24, a column of Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers that reached the town of Bucha, on its way to Kyiv, was attacked by the Ukrainians. This put an end to their progress.
The Russians gathered more troops and remained in the area outside the capital, unable to make much progress, until they began withdrawing on March 30 to focus on the war in eastern Ukraine.
Many civilians fled, but some stayed behind, trying to dodge the Russian forces.
Allegedly, the Russians in this period began to go from house to house.
Witnesses described how Russian soldiers shot men trying to escape, Having been denied the possibility to do so through humanitarian corridors.
at least 20 dead They were found lying in the street. Many of them were seriously injured. Some of them were injured in the temple as if they were injured executed.
It is clear that tanks bombed each other.
Satellite images taken by the specialist company Maxar show a 14 meter mass grave in BuchaNear San Andres Church.
The company says that the first signs of excavations have been revealed March 10Shortly after the invasion began.
Bosha residents said that the first bodies were buried there in the early days of the war, when the Russians They killed dozens“They shot everyone who saw him.”
estimated that between 150 and 300 people were buried.
Similar stories from elsewhere in the country
The NGO Human Rights Watch has already collected evidence of alleged war crimes in Bucha and other cities and towns under the control of Russian forces.
In a report published on April 3, 2022, he recorded an account of an incident in Bucha on March 4 in which Russian soldiers forced five men “to kneel on the side of the road, took off their shirts over their heads, and shot one of them in the back of the head.”
Ukrainians say similar accounts are emerging elsewhere in the country and will be investigated.
In the nearby town of Mutizin, a BBC team was taken to see a shallow grave: four bodies were seen and Ukrainian authorities said there may be more.
Three of the bodies were identified as those of People’s Representative Olga Sonenko, her husband and their son. The fourth has not yet been determined.
It is not yet clear how they were killed.
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