War in Ukraine | Ukrainian troops recover Bucha and find nearly 300 bodies





About 300 people have had to be buried “in mass graves” in Bucha, a city northwest of kyiv that has been the scene of heavy fighting and has been liberated by Ukrainian soldiers, the city’s mayor, Anatoly Fedoruk, has said. .

“In Bucha, we have already buried 280 people in mass graves” because it was impossible to do so in the three cemeteries of the municipality, all of them within the reach of the Russian military, Fedoruk explained by telephone to AFP. “In some streets, you can see between 15 and 20 bodies on the ground,” but “I can’t say how many more are in the yards, behind the fences,” he said. “These are the consequences of the Russian occupation, of the actions of the enemy,” he added.

At least 20 people in civilian clothes were lying lifeless on a street in Butcha, according to AFP. One of the men had his hands tied and the bodies were scattered over several hundred meters. The cause of death is still unclear, although the mayor has blamed Russian troops for what happened. “All these people were shot”, “they (the Russians) shot them in the neck”, he denounced.

several of the dead had their hands tied with a white cloth band, the same one they had used to show that they had no weapons, Fedorouk described, after stating that there are “men and women of all ages”. “What struck me the most was a boy of perhaps 14 years,” he lamented.

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The first evacuees leave the city

The first evacuees have also begun to leave the city. Many of the civilians have arrived in private cars or as volunteers to makeshift field hospitals. “When I talk about these barbarians I can’t even breathe. They are monsters, they have had me kidnapped for 35 days,” a city resident told TVE.

The Russians did not even allow us to go out on the humanitarian buses. The shells flew very close. They had us there on the street and we started to sing the anthem of Ukraine. I didn’t want to die, because I want to see how my children and grandchildren grow up,” said Yania, another neighbor who has escaped the attacks.

At his side, Elena tells a shocking account of what has happened to her.“I survived the second world war and this is becoming even more terrible”he says, his body numb from the cold and the accumulated fear after being held hostage by Russian troops and victims of massive bombing.

The first evacuees leave Bucha after the withdrawal of Russian troops

Ukraine claims it has “liberated” the entire kyiv region

On the 38th day of the war, Ukrainian forces have “liberated” the entire kyiv region, according to Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar. The main efforts of Russian army now focus on eastern Ukraineafter the failure of his initial campaign on the capital and other strategic cities such as Kharkov and Odessa.

According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Moscow primarily aspires to capture Mariupolbridge between Crimea and the Donbas region, and control all of the Donetsk and Lugansk provinces.


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