A terrifying testimony from Buči. There were corpses everywhere, tanks moving

“I felt like I was in a movie, you know, I saw all these helicopters, I even saw the faces of these paratroopers,” he told the Guardian.

corpses everywhere

Exactly at this moment terrible days began for Buča. The city, located 35 kilometers northwest of kyiv, is quickly becoming synonymous with the worst atrocities of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

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According to Shevchenko, 43, the events that unfolded in the following days were unimaginable. The bodies rolled by the tanks turned into “human carpets”, and the Russians also shot almost everyone, including the elderly, who got in their way. There are also allegations, not yet fully verified, that the Russian military murdered and raped young girls.

Unfortunately, with an increasing number of witnesses and an increasing number of photographs showing corpses on the roads of Buč, the war crimes committed by the occupying Russian troops seem all too real.

At first it was quiet

Shevchenko, a martial arts trainer at school, and his mother, seventy-seven Yevdokiya Shevchenko, remember this three days after Putin’s troops landed. Together they decided what to do, flee or stay. Those who finally decided to leave on the first day were considered unnecessarily frightened by most neighbors around Shevchenko’s block and their reaction was overstated. However, the “normality” of the first 72 hours was an illusion.

“At first I decided to stay because I was wondering where to go? But I had nowhere to go and I was afraid of it. Moreover, we are not rich enough to completely change our lives in one day. Unfortunately, on the third day, I realized it was too late to flee or change anything, because the war was literally around my house, on my street. Tanks descended on my street. When they fired it was terribly scary, it’s like a roar, “Shevchenko described on the third day of the war.

By the fourth day, panic had spread. “Everyone was looking for a way to escape. The one who had his own car ran away and risked everything. Our house has 69 apartments and there are only four families left.”

Shelter in the basement

Shevchenko’s mother, Yevdokiya, moved to the cold, damp basement of a 20-square-meter block, lit only by candles, where she joined eight other families, including a three-year-old child and a woman from 86 years old.

Yevdokia remained there for the next 13 days and nights, with only a bucket serving as a toilet. According to Shevchenko, the eighty-six-year-old woman, who also hid there, may still be in the basement.

On the fifth day, the city’s gas supply was cut off. “People understand that you have to boil water. At the entrance of the building, we made a kind of place to cook. It was just a fireplace with two bricks on the sides, “describes Shevchenko the country kitchen.

Frosty stories

Fireside conversations were full of talk about the latest deaths. “The bodies were just lying in the streets, they wouldn’t let us move with them,” Shevchenko said. You know what these old men look like, they just like to apologize and so on, so they just shot him and they said to the woman, “Go on.” “So she told them she had to take the body, but they said, ‘No, carry on.’ And she continued, crying and carrying on. It happened next to McDonald’s, 30. -40 meters Ma The agitated woman then approached Evdokiya and others standing nearby, trying to catch her breath and recounting how desperately she was trying to get her husband’s body.

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On March 9, Shevchenko already knew he had to come out, but they seemed trapped. “I started to analyze all the possible ways to escape, but I’m glad I didn’t try it at that time. Because other people braver than me escaped and were shot Some of them came back injured, but some stayed dead in the car forever.”

The road to hell

The next day, the Russians agree to set up a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians. There was an exodus, but the Russians said they would only allow women and children to leave.

“We had neighbors upstairs, there was a man who said he managed to get out. I wanted to try it too. So on March 11, I woke up at six in the morning and I I ran to the basement to pick up my mother, at which point there was a shooting.”

When they reached the hallway, they saw that only women and children were leaving. Shevchenko therefore decided to join the other men who went to Romanivka, about 12 kilometers from Buchi. However, they had to cross the river and the bog and it was minus nine degrees outside that day, he said.

At ten o’clock in the morning, Shevchenko left, not by road, but by the fields, in the company of about twenty other men. Bullets began to buzz around them. Some fell to the ground, hit and injured. Others, including Shevchenko, fled, trying to hide from suspected snipers.

He ran away he and the dog

“We couldn’t even help the injured, because as soon as you get close to someone who has fallen, you can also be shot. We were getting fewer and fewer. I kept looking back and on the sides. We didn’t care about each other and we didn’t pay attention. Animal instinct just won out. I felt like an escape from a concentration camp.”

The route took them through Irpin, Shevchenko reached the central city cemetery, passed through the local forest and then turned to the village of Stojanka leading to the destination of the Romanivka road.

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He would have encountered countless corpses along the way. “A lot of them just sat in cars. A lot of them were lying on the sidewalks, a lot of them were run over by the tanks. Like those animal skin rugs, and the smell was unbearable. They stayed there like that for about ten days”, he described the horrors he had experienced.

For seven hours, Shevchenko ran, walked and hid in the hope of being relatively safe. “Then we saw our soldiers. They knew we were refugees, they just asked us to show them our passports. Then the buses were waiting for us.”

Today, she has no idea how many men in their twenties have embarked on her journey. “You know, not only did I not look, but I also forgot to breathe. I literally forgot that I could breathe through my nose. I was breathing through my mouth, my heart coming out of my chest. My dog , which I had in my jacket from the start, was nervous and stressed.”

He took a bus to kyiv Central Station, where he met his mother.

“You know, when I got to safety, I felt like it was just a joke. I felt like I was in the movie Matrix. It was like someone m pulled my hair and threw me in the womb for 16 days, watching me behave. And later I wished them, they took me back from there to the peaceful world, they patted me on the head and said, ‘Okay, you survived,'” he concluded for The Guardian.

The Buč Massacre

Huge mass graves have been discovered in the town of Buča, which was liberated by the Ukrainian army over the weekend. One, containing the bodies of at least 57 civilians, was discovered in the ground near a downtown church. Satellite images show the pit was dug sometime before March 31, when Putin’s men still controlled the area. According to Ukrainian authorities, the bodies of at least 410 civilians have been recovered, many of them scattered in the streets.

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The bodies of the mayor and his family were found in a grave and killed for refusing to cooperate. Ukraine’s foreign minister has called Russia “worse than the Islamic State”, while world leaders have called for an investigation into war crimes. Russia denies murder allegations in Buk. He claims that the images of the place are falsified.

“The corpses of executed people still line the streets. Their hands are tied behind their backs with white ‘civilian’ rags and have been shot in the back of the neck. So you can imagine the injustice they have done here,” said Mayor Bučí Anatoly Fedoruk told Reuters on Saturday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the massacred city on Monday.

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