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Boutcha: corpses of civilians in the streets, accusations of massacre… what happened?


Ukraine announced on Saturday evening that it had “liberated” the kyiv region. In the town of Boutcha, on the edge of the capital, the Russian withdrawal revealed scenes of horror.

Hundreds of corpses

Nearly 300 civilians who died in the fighting had to be buried “in mass graves” because they could not be buried in the city’s cemeteries, all within range of Russian fire during the fighting, Boutcha Mayor Anatoly Fedorouk said.

“In some streets, we see 15 to 20 corpses on the ground (…) I can’t say how many there are still in the courtyards, behind the palisades”, he detailed. According to him, “these are the consequences of the Russian occupation”.

An AFP journalist was able to note the presence of around twenty bodies of civilians, mostly men, scattered in a street in Boutcha on Saturday. One of them had his hands tied behind his back with a piece of white cloth.

“All these people were shot, killed, with a bullet to the back of the head,” assured the mayor of Boutcha. He added that among his townspeople who perished were “men and women of all ages.” “What shocked me the most was a boy who was maybe 14 years old.”

This Sunday, the bodies of 57 people were found in a mass grave, the local relief chief said on Sunday. A dozen corpses were visible, some only partially buried, behind a church in the center of Boutcha. Several were in black body bags, others were wearing civilian clothes.

kyiv denounces A “genocide”, Westerners shocked

“The Boutcha massacre was deliberate. The Russians want to eliminate as many Ukrainians as they can,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Sunday. on Twitter.

“Yes, it is genocide. The elimination of the whole nation and people (..) And this is happening in the Europe of the 21st century,” added Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the American channel CBS.

On the Western side, Paris, London, Berlin and Washington have unanimously denounced “atrocities”, even “war crimes”. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, also reacted on Twitter by announcing that new sanctions against Moscow were “on the way”.

Emmanuel Macron also denounced these attacks against civilians. “The images reaching us from Boutcha, a liberated town near kyiv, are unbearable. In the streets, hundreds of cowardly murdered civilians. My compassion for the victims, my solidarity with the Ukrainians. The Russian authorities will have to answer for these crimes,” wrote the head of state on Twitter.

Moscow denies

The Russian Ministry of Defense reacted on Sunday by assuring that its forces had not killed civilians. According to Moscow, the Russian army offered the inhabitants of Boutcha the possibility of leaving the city and distributed 452 tons of humanitarian aid to civilians in this area.

“During the period when this locality was under the control of the Russian armed forces, not a single local resident suffered from violent actions,” a statement said.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the images of corpses lying in the streets of Boutcha are “a new production of the kyiv regime for the Western media”.

Boucha, martyred city

Like the nearby town of Irpin, Boutcha has seen some of the fiercest fighting since Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, when Russian soldiers tried to surround kyiv.

The city was devastated. The journalists who arrived on the spot after the Russian withdrawal were able to observe the gaping holes caused by shells in apartment buildings, the numerous carcasses of burnt cars, the destroyed supermarkets, the downed power lines…

Ukrainian forces were only able to completely penetrate Boutcha two or three days ago, which had been inaccessible for nearly a month and deprived of all humanitarian aid. They began their first deliveries of basic necessities on Saturday.

In recent days, Russian forces have withdrawn from several localities near the capital after the failure of their attempt to encircle it. They are leaving the regions of kyiv and Cherniguiv, in northern Ukraine, with the aim of redeploying to the east.

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