Ukrainian police yesterday announced the macabre discovery of a mass grave containing the bodies of three tortured men near Boutcha, a small town that has become a symbol of the atrocities committed by Russia since the beginning of this war.
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“The victims were tortured for a long time […] In the end, each of them was shot in the temple,” Kyiv police chief Andrii Nebytov said in a statement.
The latter stated that the victims had their hands tied, clothes wrapped around their faces so they could not see, and even gags in their mouths.
The three bodies were found near Boutcha near the city of Kyiv, which has become a symbol of the horrors of war in Ukraine and where many civilian bodies have already been found.
Ukrainian justice this week also indicted ten soldiers from a Russian brigade stationed in the region. They are now wanted for “cruel treatment of civilians and other violations of the laws and customs of war”.
Twenty civilians were finally able to evacuate the Azovstal Steelworks in Mariupol, a port in south-eastern Ukraine yesterday, in what could be the start of an even larger evacuation.
It was the Ukrainian soldiers of the Azov regiment defending the vast Azovstal complex who announced that women and children could leave the factory, where living conditions had been desolate for weeks.
“They were transferred to an agreed place and we hope that they will be evacuated to Zaporizhia, Ukraine-controlled territory,” Svyatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Azov regiment, said in a video on Telegram.
Keep in mind that this metallurgical complex, where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are blocked, is entrenched in Soviet-era underground galleries. No attempt to evacuate Azovstal had so far been successful.
Pressure on Kharkiv
Russian forces yesterday kept up their pressure on Ukraine’s eastern and southern regions, particularly around Kharkiv, where they are trying to tighten their control.
People live and live in a metro station in Kharkiv.
Violent explosions were heard Friday night in this region, which has been under Russian artillery shelling for weeks. Volodymyr Zelenskyy admitted that the situation in the region was “difficult”.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces announced yesterday that at least 14 attacks by Russian forces had been repelled in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the past 24 hours.
– With Francis Pilon