More than 900 civilian bodies found in Kyiv region

The bodies of more than 900 civilians were discovered in the region around Ukraine’s capital Kyiv after Russia’s withdrawal, police said today.

Ndriy Nebytov, the head of the Kyiv regional police, said the bodies were left on the streets or given a temporary burial. He cited police data showing that 95 percent died from gunshot wounds.

“Consequently, we understand that people under the (Russian) occupation were simply executed in the streets,” Mr Nebytov said.

More bodies are being found every day, under rubble and in mass graves, he added.

“Most of the victims were found in Bucha, where there are more than 350 bodies,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry pledged to step up missile attacks on the Ukrainian capital in response to alleged Ukraine aggression on Russian territory.

That ominous warning followed the stunning loss of Moscow’s flagship in the Black Sea, which was actually hit by at least one Ukrainian missile on Friday, according to a senior US defense official.

The threat of increased attacks on Kyiv came after Russian authorities accused Ukraine of injuring seven people and damaging about 100 residential buildings in airstrikes in Bryansk, a region bordering Ukraine. Authorities in another Russian border region also reported Ukrainian shelling on Thursday.

“The number and scale of rocket attacks on objects in Kyiv are increasing in response to the nationalist Kiev regime carrying out terrorist attacks or diversions on Russian territory,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

Russia issued the warning as it continues to prepare for a renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, in the devastated southeastern city of Mariupol, locals reported seeing Russian troops digging up bodies.

In Kyiv, renewed bombardment could mean a return to the steady wailing of air raid sirens heard in the early days of the invasion.

Ukrainian officials have not confirmed targets in Russia, and the reports have not been independently verified.

However, Ukrainian officials said their forces had launched missile attacks on a key Russian warship. A senior US defense official backed the claim, saying the US now believes the Moscow River was hit by at least one and probably two Neptune missiles. Earlier, the Pentagon said it could not confirm the cause of the large fire aboard the guided missile cruiser. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an intelligence assessment.

The Neptune is an anti-ship missile recently developed by Ukraine based on an earlier Soviet design.

The Moscow River, named after the Russian capital, sank Thursday while being towed into port after being badly damaged. Although Moscow did not acknowledge any attack, saying only that a fire detonated ammunition on board, the ship’s loss represents a major victory for Ukraine and a symbolic defeat for Russia.

The Moskva had the capacity to carry 16 long-range cruise missiles.

In his late-night address on Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Ukrainians to be proud of surviving 50 days under Russian onslaught, when the invaders “gave us a maximum of five.”

Russia’s warning of renewed airstrikes didn’t stop Kievans taking advantage of a sunny and slightly warmer spring day as the weekend approached. More people than usual took to the streets on Friday, walking dogs, riding electric scooters and walking hand in hand.

In a central park, a small group of people, including a woman wrapped in a Ukrainian flag, danced to music from a portable speaker.

Local residents reported hearing explosions in parts of Kiev overnight, but it was not clear which locations were being attacked.

News of the Moskva River has overshadowed Russian claims of progress in the southern port city of Mariupol, which Moscow’s forces have blocked since the early days of the invasion.

The mayor of Mariupol said this week that more than 10,000 civilians had died and the death toll could surpass 20,000.

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/more-than-900-civilian-bodies-found-in-kyiv-region-41558086.html More than 900 civilian bodies found in Kyiv region

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