An AFP reporter found the bodies of at least 20 men in civilian clothes lined up in a street on Saturday in the northwestern Kyiv city of Bucha, which Ukrainian soldiers had just recovered from Russian forces.
One of the men was handcuffed. The bodies were scattered hundreds of meters away. It was not immediately clear why these men were killed, but one person He had a big head wound.
In the past few days, Russian forces withdrew from several locations near the capital after a failed attempt to encircle them.
Ukraine announced that Bucha had been “released”, but Fighting destroyed the cityWatch: AFP journalists Empty cartridge holes in apartment buildings and many car wrecks.
Sixteen of the 20 or so bodies were found on the sidewalk or its edge. The three of them were in the middle of the road And one in the backyard of the house.
A Ukrainian passport was open on the groundNext to the person whose hands were tied behind his back with a white cloth.
all the dead Wear winter coats or sports shirtsJeans, jogging pants, athletic shoes or boots. He put two next to bikes, and another next to an abandoned car.
Some were lying on their stomachs, others on their backs. The The skin on the face had a waxy appearanceWhich suggests that the corpses It was there at least several days.
Nearly 300 people were buried in mass graves
Nearly 300 people They were buried “in mass graves” in Bucha, the mayor revealed on Saturday. For Anatoly Fedorok, “these are the results of the Russian occupation and the actions of the enemy.”
“In Bucha, we have already buried 280 people in mass graves” because of It was impossible to do this in three cemeteries in the municipalityAll of them are within the reach of the Russian army, Fedorok told AFP by telephone.
“On some streets you can see 15 to 20 bodies on the ground,” butI can’t tell how many there are in the backyards, behind the walls“The mayor continued.”As long as the demining experts don’t come to check on them, it’s not a good idea to catch them“Because it can be booby-trapped,” he said.
Ukrainian forces I only managed to get into Posha fully a day or two ago. Before that, it was not possible to reach the city for about a month. The current Ukrainian army has distributed aid to residents for the first time since the city’s return to government control.
Russian forces They conduct a “quick withdrawal” from the Kyiv and Chernigori regionsThe Ukrainian government said, in northern Ukraine, with the aim of repositioning them in the east and south.
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