Russian troops have withdrawn from the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, and surrounding areas. The bodies of 1,020 civilians have been placed in morgues in the region, a Ukrainian official said. News AFP
Olga Stefanishina, deputy prime minister of the European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, said the bodies had been kept in the morgue since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in late February. He told AFP on Thursday that the bodies had been recovered from various buildings and roads in the Kiev region.
Earlier, Kiev police claimed to have recovered the bodies of nine civilians from a grave in the town of Borodianka, 34 kilometers from Kiev. Soon after, Olga Stefanishina brought up the issue of the body in the morgue.
Regarding the bodies, Kiev’s regional governor Oleksandr Pavliak said forensic experts were examining the bodies. They were killed. Many have been tortured to death. The bodies were handcuffed. They were shot in the back of the body and head.
Ukraine says evidence of civilian casualties has been found in areas where Russian troops have withdrawn from Kiev and its environs. News of such killings in the city of Bucha first surfaced in the media. As a result, Ukrainian officials have accused Russia of genocide.