Associated Press reporters witness more evidence of civilian killings and torture in Bucha


Six charred bodies piled up were under investigation on Tuesday in Bucha, the town outside kyiv, Ukraine, where graphic evidence of murder and torture emerged after Russian forces withdrew.

It is not known who these people were or under what circumstances they were killed. One of the bodies was smaller than the others, probably a child, said Andrii Nebytov, chief of police of the Kyiv region. One of the bodies had a bullet in the head.

The pile of bodies seen by Associated Press (AP) reporters lay just off a residential street, near a colorful, empty playground, and was visible to passers-by as they cautiously exited to get help.

“It’s horrible,” Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky said at the scene, which included other journalists. The minister said Russian President Vladimir Putin should “go to hell”.

The AP saw dozens of dead bodies around Bucha, where Russian forces retreated last week. Images of some of the bodies with their arms bound horrified the world. Many of the victims seen by AP appeared to have been shot at close range, some in the head. At least two had their hands tied.

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Ukrainian Zelensky at UN shows graphic video of country’s war dead

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, addressing the UN Security Council on the need for peace, showed some of the horrors of war in Ukraine, with an extremely graphic video montage of the country’s dead. 1:24

Ukrainian officials said the bodies of at least 410 civilians were found in towns around kyiv that were retaken from Russian forces in recent days. Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office described a room discovered in Bucha as a “torture chamber”.

The grisly images of beaten or burned bodies left in the open or hastily buried have led to calls for tougher sanctions against the Kremlin, in particular a cut in fuel imports from Russia. Germany and France responded by expelling dozens of Russian diplomats, suggesting they were spies, and US President Joe Biden said Putin should be tried for war crimes.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy left Kyiv this week on his first reported trip since the war began nearly six weeks ago to see for himself what he called ‘genocide’ and ‘war crimes to Bucha.