More than 1,400 people died in Bucha during the Russian occupation, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said on his Telegram channel on the anniversary of the liberation of the city.
“Bucha and Buchansky district. 33 days of occupation. More than 1,400 deaths, 37 of them children. More than 175 people were found in mass graves and torture chambers. 9,000 Russian war crimes. 365 days, as it is again a free Ukrainian city. A symbol of the atrocities of the army of the occupying country We will never forgive. We will punish all the guilty,” he wrote.
Bucha and Buchansky district were under occupation for more than a month. In early April 2022, the Russian military retreated from the areas surrounding Kyiv, after which the Ukrainian authorities and journalists reported civilian deaths on the streets of Bucha. Some of them had their hands tied and shot through their heads.
Photos of the dead were published by Reuters, UNIAN and AFP. State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin and Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vasily Nebenzya called the murder of civilians in Bucha a provocation by Kyiv in order to discredit Russia.
“There were bodies, all covered in blood, a lot of suffering.” A year ago, the Ukrainian military liberated Bucha:
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