War Ukraine Russia | Yesterday, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, addressed the UN Security Council. He claimed that the most terrible war crimes since the Second World War are being committed in his country. The Ukrainian President denounced the deliberate destruction by the Russians of Ukrainian cities, creating mass starvation, the shooting of columns of fleeing civilians, the destruction of shelters to ensure that most civilians were killed.
According to him, the Boutcha massacre is just one example among many of what the occupiers perpetrated for 41 days, in Mariupol, Kharkiv and dozens of other communities.
Occupied by the Russian army from February 27, Boutcha remained inaccessible for more than a month. It was only on March 31 that the bombing stopped there, allowing the return, a few days ago, of Ukrainian forces.
“I will never forget the terrifying images of civilians killed in Boutcha,” said António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, before adding, “I immediately called for an independent investigation to ensure effective accountability.” After these “terrifying images”, we are now receiving testimonies from civilians in Boutcha, like Olena, who remained there with her two children aged 7 and 9, who told AFP how Russian forces ” brutales”, different from the regular soldiers, sowed terror in Boutcha.
“There was no Ukrainian army in town, only territorial defense, consisting mainly of guards from local companies, unarmed. And then they fled. »
She explains that if at the beginning the Russian soldiers were young, it was when older soldiers arrived that the massacres began.
“In the beginning, there were mostly young (Russian) soldiers. Then, two weeks later, there were others. Older, they were over 40 years old. They were brutal. They mistreated everyone.
And that’s where the killings started. There were good guys among the Russian soldiers and there were very rude men, especially FSB officers.
I approached the soldiers to ask them what I should feed my children. And they provided us with rations. They are the ones who told us that it was the FSB that forbade us to move, that they were very violent special forces. It was Russians who said that about Russians! “.
Olena explains that only women were allowed to go out to fetch water and food.
“Our neighbors went out to throw the trash, it was around 5:00 p.m., it was two men and a woman. One of the men had served in the army. They didn’t come back. They were found by the women of our building, while going to look for wood in the courtyard of a house. The corpses lay in blood on the ground, with traces of bullets. “.
On Saturday, AFP saw in Boutcha the bodies of at least 22 people wearing civilian clothes in the streets of the city. One of them was lying near a bicycle and another had shopping bags next to her. A corpse had its hands tied behind its back.
According to Bucha Mayor Anatoly Fedorouk, 280 people had to be buried by Ukrainians in recent days in “mass graves” in Bucha, with the number of corpses piling up.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov spoke on Monday of signs of “video falsifications” and “fakes” in the images carried by the Ukrainian authorities.
“Judging from what we have seen, these video images cannot be trusted,” he said.
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