A new report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has revealed that Russian military forces have committed violations of the laws of war against civilians in the occupied areas of the Ukrainian regions of Chernihiv, Kharkov and Kiev. The information released has collected several cases that occurred between February 27 and March 14.
Hugh Williamson, the organization’s director for Europe and Central Asia, explained that the cases they document, with the help of witnesses, victims and local residents of the territories occupied by Russia, “amount to unspeakable cruelty and violence. and deliberate against Ukrainian civilians. “. He further warned that “rape, murder and other violent acts against persons in the custody of Russian forces must be investigated as war crimes“.
Given the continuing reports of crimes against the Ukrainian civilian population, HRW said one of the most brutal actions was the summary executions.
One of the first was the one that occurred February 27 in the village of Staryi Bykiv, in the Chernihiv region. Witnesses said so Russian forces arrested six men and killed them, after blowing up the bridge between the cities of Novyi Bykiv and Staryi Bykiv. Faced with military bombing, hundreds of people sought refuge in the basement of their homes.
“Most of the people were hiding in their basements because of the bombing and the soldiers were going from door to door,” explained a woman from Novyi Bykiv. The soldiers “took six men from three different families. A mother was taken away [y dispararon] to his two sons. Another young man was just over 20 years old, his name was Bohdan, I know his mother well “., he assured and explained that the soldiers told the family to wait near their home while their son was taken away for questioning. “They said the same thing to other families. Instead, they took these six men, took them to the other side of the village and shot them. “
Victoria, Bohdan’s mother, spoke to HRW and said so they took his son and brother-in-law , after they went out to smoke after the ceasefire. After a few minutes, she said that a neighbor “ran over and said he saw them take Bohdan and Sasha and some other boys”.
Victoria ran into the street to ask Russian soldiers at the checkpoint what had happened. “They told us not to worry, they would scare them a little bit and then let them go,” she explained. “We went about 50 meters away… and he heard gunshots. It was around 6:20 pm
The next day they found the bodies near a lawn and a large building.
“Three of the six men were on the side of the building, but not my son and not my brother-in-law. We went to the other side and saw Bohdan and Sasha, with another one. They were lying there. We got some headshots. Their hands were tied behind their backs. I looked at my son’s body, he had empty pockets, he had no phone, keys or identity documents “.
After the Russians refused to hand over the bodies, the intense bombing continued over the next few days.
Only on 7 March they returned to the checkpoint to ask for the bodies, there “they told us to go to the cemetery, that they would bring the bodies … All the neighbors intervened, there were about 75 people. .. We buried them all on the same day, in separate graves“.
The 6 victims were Volodymyr, 40, another Olexander, 40, and two brothers, Ihor, 31, and Oleh, 33, their son Bohdan, 20, and brother-in-law Sasha Olexander, 39.
Similar events occurred on March 4 in Bucha, 30 kilometers northwest of Kyiv. The Russians killed one man and threatened four others.
A teacher attended the event and explained that she heard gunshots around 7 am and saw three Russian armored vehicles along with four Kamaz trucks. [marca rusa] driving your way. A few minutes later, while taking refuge in the basement with her two dogs, she heard glass breaking and then her front door swung open. From outside he heard voices saying to him in Russian, “Come out now or we’ll throw a grenade.”
Faced with the threat, she screamed that she was alone in the basement and walked out with her hands up.
“There were three men outside, two soldiers and a commander.” “They took my phone and searched it, then told me to take my identity documents and go with them.”, commented. As he walked down the street with the soldiers, he saw that they too were gathering his neighbors and ordering them to walk.
They were taken to a square. There were a total of 40 people, most of them women and some men over the age of 50, surrounded by 30 Russian soldiers, who picked up civilian phones, examined documents and asked who was part of the territorial defense units. or local self-defense.
The woman said a young man was brought in at one point, then four others. The soldiers ordered them to take off their boots and jackets. “They were made to kneel by the side of the road, their shirts were pulled out from behind and placed over their heads. One was shot in the back of the head. He fell and the women present began to scream. The other four men were kneeling there. “
After what happened, the commander told the rest of the people in the square not to worry, “You are all normal, and this is dirty. We are here to clean you of the dirt. ”
After several hours, they were released and escorted by soldiers to their homes. The other four men remained on their knees as he left.
The teacher left the city on March 9 and the young man’s body still lay where he was shot.
The 4th MarchRussian forces threatened to execute a man and his son Zabucchiaa village on the outskirts of the city of Irpin, northwest of kyiv.
A resident of the village explained that 13 soldiers entered a house where several people were taking refuge to search it. “The military asked about my son, 34, who is in defense of the territory. He went to meet him and they asked him who was in the house and then they searched it and turned it upside down … In the yard they found my shotgun and a bottle of gasoline, and they went crazy, “said the man. witness.
The commander ordered a group of soldiers to take him and his son out and shoot them. “They took us out. One of the soldiers objected. They brought us back in and ordered my son to undress because they said they wanted to look for nationalist tattoos. Other soldiers also went to the houses on our street, including the home of a judge and the deputy of the local council ”.
“They broke the window of the judge’s house to get inside. We saw them carrying bags and sacks of stuff out of the house. After that, they are gone. I took my family and everyone to the basement and we escaped in two cars. My wife, my son and my mother, 80 years old, are now staying at my daughter’s house in Khodosivka, southwest of Kyiv, “she concluded.
The March 6Russian soldiers entered the village of Vorzel, about 50 kilometers northwest of kiev. There they threw a smoke grenade into a basement, the people who were taking refuge in the place ran outside and found a direct shot at them. The Russians shot a woman and a 14-year-old boy.
The young man died instantly after receiving a blow to the head, the woman died of injuries sustained in the chest and legs two days after the attack. Several local residents buried them outside the bomb shelter.