“I saw how a Russian soldier killed my father”: the shocking testimonies of the survivors of the Bucha massacre

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Yuriy and his father, Ruslan

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Yuriy and his father were trying to get humanitarian aid when a Russian soldier stopped them.

Around 11:00 on March 17, Yuriy Nechyporenko and his father, Ruslan, were riding bicycles to the Bucha administration building where aid was being delivered.

Electricity, gas and water were cut off and essential goods were in short supply in the city, one of the first to be occupied by Russian forces as they advanced towards the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

Yuriy and her father were waiting to collect medicine and food. Yuriy said a Russian soldier arrested him and his father on Tarasivska Street. They immediately raised their hands.

Speaking on the BBC on the phone with his mother, Alla, the 14-year-old gave his version of what happened next. “We told them we didn’t carry weapons and that we didn’t pose any danger,” he said.

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