AI collected testimonies from witnesses of Russian crimes

Amnesty International collected testimonies on the killings of civilians in Bucza by the Russians; In the report announced on Friday, the organization recreated how five residents of nearby homes died in March at a single location in Bucza.

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Accounts of civilian killings in Bucza

AI, whose employees conducted research in Bucza in April, collected reports of killings of civilians in the area of ​​the intersection of two streets in Bucza: Jabłuńska and Wokzalna. In the house at 203A Jabłuńska, Yevhen Petraszenko was killed in his apartment on March 4. The shells and cartridges found there by AI workers could only belong to weapons used by Russian airborne troops and special forces: AS Wał and Wintoriez carbines.

In front of a nearby house, Dmytro Konovalov, 41, died, one of his brothers told AI. He says the family was hiding in the basement, but residents would come out to charge their cellphones or go to the bathroom.

On March 4 or 5 – I can’t remember exactly which day – shortly before curfew, around 4:30 – 4:45 p.m., my brother and I went out into the yard to smoke. He and our 15-year-old neighbor stood in the year of the house, near the entrance to the basement from the Jabłuńska side. When they saw Russian soldiers coming from Jabłuńska, they retreated to the yard. The boy ran into the basement and my brother sat smoking on the second step near the basement door. The soldiers came around the corner of the building in the yard and shot him repeatedly – in the neck, chest and face

said the murderer’s brother. It was not until the fifth day that the family managed to bury Dmytro in a shallow grave dug in the yard.

Such wounds could not have come from bullets …

On March 12, Ilya Navalny, 61, died in the yard in front of one of the neighboring houses. Three neighbors told AI employees what had happened. According to their account, Navalny may have left the house for a short time to check on a fire-damaged car. He was found lying face down in the yard. He was shot in the head and in the back. His torn identity card lay next to him, and neighbors wonder if the Russians killed him, as his name was the same as imprisoned Russian opponent Alexei Navalny.

Another resident of the house at 203A Jabłuńska, Leonid Bondarchuk, died on March 22 or 23. His neighbor told the AI ​​workers it was early afternoon.

A young soldier came to our basement and demanded our calls. I asked if he wanted us to put our phones in a bag and he pointed a gun at me. He was very aggressive. He took all the phones and gave them to Leonid and told him to carry the phones and go ahead of him. Leonid picked up the phones, and as he walked up the stairs, we heard two or three shots. After a few minutes we heard an explosion, also on the stairs.

Neighbors found Leonid dead, lying in a pool of blood, part of his head blown off; bones protruded from his leg. Such wounds could not have come from bullets, but from a grenade.

Just 300 meters away, on the corner of Jabłuńska and Wokzalna streets, Russian soldiers stormed the house of Iryna Abramowa. They threw a grenade at the back of the house and took her husband Oleh to the fence. These soldiers, Iryna said, had St. Georges, propagated for several years in Russia as a symbol of World War II remembrance. They strapped on their weapons and their helmets.

Why weren’t you outside to greet us? We have come to set you free

They told Iryna. The woman and her father were ordered to hand over their cell phones. When the house started to burn and the woman’s father, trying to put out the fire, asked the soldiers to let Oleh come and help him, one of the soldiers looked at the street and replied sarcastically, “He will not come back “. Iryna quickly found Oleh’s body lying on the sidewalk; blood was flowing from my head. The soldiers sat nearby on the wall, drinking water. Later they ordered Irina to leave the house. Her husband’s body was left on the street.

In addition to reports from Bucza, AI also collected testimonies from other cities in the Kyiv region. Two young men: Paweł Chołodenko and Wiktor Bałaj, died in the village of Zdwistiwka, 20 km from Bucza. Their bodies, partially burned, were found in the forest on the edge of the village. Their hands were tied behind their backs, and Wiktor’s face and head were wrapped in duct tape. They both died from a bullet to the head. In another village, Novyj Korochod, one of the residents told AI he saw the death of three young men through a window, shot dead by soldiers shortly after they raised their hands.

Ihor Denczyk, 15, died in Worzel. His grandfather told AI the boy was among those ordered by Russian soldiers to lie on the ground.

As he and the others lay face down, the soldiers opened fire

The man said. Ihor was shot in the neck. The boy’s aunt was in the same group – she died of her injuries the following day.

Bodies with traces of torture

Amnesty International also describes in the report cases where the bodies of the dead, found in the kyiv region after the Russian withdrawal, showed signs of torture. The body of Vasyl Nedaszkiwski, a resident of Bucza, was found in such a state. His wife told AI that they were both helping Territorial Defense dig trenches and the Russians found out. They took Vasyl away, telling him they were taking him for questioning. The body was later found in one of the cellars, with open wounds on his arms and head.

In April, in Bucza, in a small shed in the garden of one of the houses on Wokzalna Street, the owner found the body of a naked woman with open wounds on her stomach, thighs and chest. The owner left Bucha at the beginning of March, the house was occupied by the Russians until April. In a field adjacent to the garden, boxes of ammunition were found scattered.

In the report, Amnesty International also cites residents’ reports of indiscriminate shootings of residential homes and cars with civilians who attempted to leave Bucha. AI’s interlocutors are convinced that the escapees were shelled by Russian troops.

Amnesty International has also analyzed the airstrikes in Borodzianka, a small town 60 km from kyiv. Eight residential houses were fired upon on March 1 and 2 and around 40 residents were killed. There is no information that there were military targets in this area, and it was not a region of clashes – AI points out.

Citing international law, the authors of the report believe that “there is compelling evidence that the events described – deliberate killings of civilians and airstrikes resulting in the death of civilians – constitute war crimes”.

week / PAP

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