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The destruction of the city of Borodianka is “much more horrible” than what was discovered in the nearby town of Bucha.
This is how Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described it in his most recent address to the nation on Thursday night.
“They started searching among the ruins in Borodianka,” Zelensky said in his speech from kyiv.
“It’s much more horrible there. There are even more victims of the Russian occupiers“, he pointed.
Both Bucha and Borodianka are suburbs of kyiv and witnessed fierce fighting in the battle for the capital.
Twenty-six bodies were recovered from under the rubble of two destroyed apartment buildings in Borodianka, according to Ukraine’s prosecutor general.
Iryna Venediktova accused Moscow in a Facebook post of deliberately targeting civilian areas.
“There is no military site here,” he said, adding that Russian forces “bombed residential infrastructure at night, when there were the most people at home.”
Venediktova claimed there was “evidence of war crimes by Russian forces at all times.”
As of Tuesday, the bodies of 410 civilians in the outskirts of kyiv, according to the Ukrainian authorities.
Two or three days after Russia launched an invasion of its neighbor on February 24, a column of Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers that arrived in the town of Bucha, en route to kyiv, was attacked by Ukrainians. This put a halt to their advance.
The Russians mustered more forces and stayed in the area outside the capital, unable to make much headway, until they began to withdraw on March 30 to concentrate on the war in eastern Ukraine.
Many civilians fled, but some stayed behind, trying to avoid Russian forces.
It is in this period that the Russians allegedly began to go house to house.
Witnesses described how Russian soldiers shot men trying to flee, after being denied the chance to flee through humanitarian corridors.
Russia maintains, without evidence, that the photos and videos in which the bodies of civilians appear they are “a prepared representation” for Ukraine.
Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said on Tuesday that while Bucha was under Russian control “not a single civilian suffered any kind of violence.”
Russia was suspended from the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday for “serious and systematic violations and abuses” committed during the invasion of Ukraine.
Western countries have expressed their horror at the images of bodies scattered through the streets of Ukrainian cities.
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