WARNING: SOOTHING CONTENT It is feared that worse things could be uncovered in cities like Mariupol after evidence of summary executions, torture and rapes in areas formerly controlled by Vladimir Putin’s forces
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Experts warn that the Russian slaughter in the occupied territories is likely to be even worse than the war crimes that have already been uncovered.
Vladimir Putin’s forces have been accused of genocide after evidence was found of summary executions, torture and rape in areas formerly under their control.
Harrowing images from Bucha, on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv, show bodies piled in the street and witnesses say many appeared to have been shot with their hands tied behind their backs.
A bombshell report by Human Rights Watch yesterday said Russian forces had committed “unspeakable, premeditated cruelty and violence” against the Ukrainian people.
Putin’s forces have been accused of carrying out a “massacre” that “could amount to genocide” in Bucha, while allegations of violence against civilians have been documented across the country.
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Now it is feared that in cities like Mariupol, which were the focus of the Russian invaders, barbaric acts will be uncovered and rockets will rain down on the population for weeks.
Tymofiy Mylovanov, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, warned things could get worse.
He wrote on Twitter: “The war crimes in the Brovary and Chernihiv directions could be more heinous than those in Bucha. We have eyewitness accounts from friends, relatives and students.”
Defense Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he feared an even worse situation in the besieged city of Mariupol.
He said: “The Russians want to eliminate as many Ukrainians as possible.”
Those fears were shared by Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, who said: “I think it’s clear what we’re going to find [in Mariupol].. and it will probably be even worse than Bucha.”
Yesterday, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba branded Russia “worse than ISIS” and accused invaders of killing “out of anger and just because they wanted to kill.”
He said: “We understand that they killed civilians while they were leaving, retreating while staying there in this city of Bucha and also other towns and villages in key regions, but also while retreating from them out of anger and only because they wanted to kill.
“There was no good reason for her. They weren’t guerrillas, they weren’t people who opposed them.
“Russia is worse than ISIS, period.”
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry shared harrowing footage of the sight greeting liberators in Bucha after the Russians withdrew, comparing it to Srebrenica in Bosnia, where 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered in 1995.
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It said: “New Srebrenica. The city of Bucha was in the hands of animals for several weeks.
“Civilians were executed arbitrarily, some with their hands tied behind their backs, their bodies strewn in the city streets.”
Bucha Mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk said: “The Russians have shown that they are deliberately killing civilians.
“They practically got the green light from Putin to go on a safari and they shot at Ukrainian people.”
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has described several incidents that were reported to them by witnesses.
- A witness to alleged Russian brutality in Bucha said he saw five men forced to kneel by the roadside with T-shirts over their heads. One of the men was shot in the back of the head, the witness said.
- Russian forces in the village of Staryi Bykiv in the Chernihiv region reportedly arrested at least six men on February 27 and later executed them. The mother of one of the men said she saw all six bodies.
- Russian troops threw a smoke grenade into a basement in Vorzel, 50 km northwest of Kyiv, on March 6, a witness said. Then they shot dead a woman and a 14-year-old child as they tried to escape. The child died immediately while the woman died two days later
Witnesses who survived the brutal occupation before Russian forces withdrew have claimed that civilians, including children, were tortured.
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Soldier Sergei Torovik said the Times He was horrified by what he saw in his hometown of Stoyanka, near Kyiv.
He described the Russian troops as “lower than animals” and recounted the horrifying scenes he encountered in a basement of a house, where he said 18 bodies were recovered.
“Some of them had their ears cut off,” he said.
“Others had their teeth pulled. There were children aged 14, 16, some adults.
“They took the bodies away just yesterday.”
Jack Watling, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said Russia planned its cruelty to civilians.
He said: “That was the plan, it was premeditated.
“If the Russian military had been more successful, there would have been more cities like this.”
Hugh Williamson, Director for Europe and Central Asia at HRW said: “The cases we have documented amount to untold, premeditated cruelty and violence against Ukrainian civilians.
“Rape, murder and other acts of violence against persons in the custody of Russian forces should be investigated as war crimes.”
He continued: “Russia has an obligation under international law to impartially investigate alleged war crimes committed by its soldiers.
“Commanders should recognize that failure to take action against murder and rape may make them personally responsible for war crimes within the responsibilities of command.”
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