Buchanan barbarism is just beginning to come into focus

This story contains graphic photographs, including images of bodies.

BUCHA – The name of this city is already synonymous with the monthly massacre committed by Russian soldiers here.

But the scale of the killings and the corruption with which they were committed only becomes apparent when police, local officials and ordinary citizens embark on the grim task of clearing Bucha of hundreds of corpses that decompose in streets and parks, apartment buildings and more. places.

As a group of district prosecutors moved slowly through Bucha on Wednesday, investigators found evidence of torture before death, beheading and dismemberment, and intentional burning of corpses.

The worst violence took place at a glass factory on the outskirts of the city.

The body of 21-year-old Dmitry Chaplygin was lying on the gravel near the loading dock. He had black and blue bruises on his stomach and cigarettes on his hands. As a result, he was shot in the chest, team leader Ruslan Kravchenko said. His body was then turned into a weapon, tied to a wire connected to a mine.

“Every day we receive from 10 to 20 appeals to such bodies,” Kravchenko said.

The group worked quickly but gently, bending over Chaplygin’s body and noting small details in the clipboards. Some team members reviewed CCTV footage from the factory and collected eyewitness and local testimonies to better understand what was happening inside the complex.

On the dirt track behind him was an even more grotesque scene: two victims, their bodies bloating. One man’s head was cleanly cut off, burned and left with his legs apart.

Investigators did not find a single person whose gloves were still in his coat pockets despite the frosty cold.

The team called several men from the neighborhood to help with identification. A man who called his name Alexei said both were security guards at the plant. He told how the Russians came to his house three times drunk and talked about sadistic actions against Ukrainians.

“They behaved unmanly; they behaved like savages, ”he said.

Next on the trail is another corpse. Empty vodka bottles lay nearby in the grass. It turned out that someone tried, but failed to decapitate this man.

The factory is just one fragment of the bloodied city. 58 bags of corpses were lined up at the cemetery in Bucha on Wednesday. All but one had the bodies of those shot or tortured to death, according to Vitaly Chaika, a police officer. As the cemetery does not withstand the required number of burials, a large refrigerator is on call to transport the bodies to the morgue in Kiev.

“There are 58 people here and two more in this van,” he said. “All of them are men – women and children have mostly fled – but they are all also civilians. No one was wearing a uniform. “

The seagull moved between the bags, unbuttoning them to sort their contents into categories depending on the degree of decomposition. So far only eight bodies have been identified. His cell phone rang, and soon he was passing the route to a new set of bodies that someone had discovered.

“Sometimes people call us to tell us where the bodies are, and sometimes we drive and ask,” he said. “But there’s always more.”

This suburb of Kyiv appeared six weeks ago tree-lined streets, modest houses, several high-rises and half an hour’s drive to the capital.

The war made Bucha the front line, most of the buildings were destroyed by artillery. When Russian soldiers were under control for some time, they made the city an arena of bloody sports – although many of them died here.

Burned shells of dozens of Russian tanks remain on Vokzalnaya Street near the station as a kind of evidence of horror.

“It was hell on Earth,” said 55-year-old Oleg Yevtushenko, a resident of an apartment building that soldiers took as a base.

He and hundreds of others moved to the basement of the kindergarten, looking for safety in numbers. The Russian military singled out men who were found on the street, often detained, beaten, and sometimes killed, Yevtushenko said.

But for a month there are things to do on the street: find water, walk the dog.

That’s how 47-year-old Vasil Nedashkivsky, who was walking his black Labrador in late March, died just three days before the Russians left. Yevtushenko said that anything could provoke the military who occupied the neighborhood. They also detained him, forcing him to kneel in front of them for 40 minutes with a gun to his head, and they accused him of being a Nazi.

“They shot Vasily,” Yevtushenko said. “That’s right.”

On Tuesday, locals laid Nedashkivsky at one of the many sidewalk burials that day. Yevtushenko counted 20 killed neighbors, and he, along with others, hid them in the gardens of their apartment buildings or in any open place that falls to them.

Near the makeshift grave of three people – a woman in her 20s and two men in her 30s – a detritus from Russian packs was still lying on the ground. Chewing gum, pickles, cigarettes and vodka.

Sergei Morgunov, Konstantin Khudov and Sergei Korolchuk made this report.

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