Volunteers in Buče are handling plastic bags with the bodies of killed civilians, which will be transported to the morgue in Kiev. (April 12, 2022)
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The interviews and photos were published by Amnesty International in a report entitled “He will not return”. She gathered the stories of 45 people who witnessed the killing of their relatives and neighbors, and 39 other people who witnessed or witnessed the raids that destroyed large residential complexes. They spoke with people from the villages of Buča, Boroďanka, Andrijivka, Zdvyživka or Dmytrivka.
“There is compelling evidence that the incidents described in this report constitute war crimes. “Extrajudicial executions, regardless of the victim’s status as a civilian or a captured fighter, are strictly prohibited and, when committed in an international armed conflict, constitute a serious crime and a war crime,” writes Amnesty International.
The title of the report is inspired by the sarcastic statement of a Russian soldier whose tank was parked in the yard of a Ukrainian family. On March 3, Oleh Abramov came out in front of the house with his hands over his head and demanded that the soldiers not shoot. However, they shot him on the spot and his wife and father-in-law still had to put out the house on fire.
The Amnesty report also describes 22 murders committed by Russian soldiers. Some were executed as executions, although they took place without trial, and some were preceded by torture.
On the basis of the evidence gathered, it is possible to attribute individual actions to specific units of the Russian army. For example, based on the cartridges found, which is used by only a few elite units of the Russian army. “No Ukrainian troops are using this ammunition,” the report said.
Amnesty International was established in 1961 and operates in dozens of countries. He claims to have ten million members and supporters. It is one of the most important human rights organizations in the world.