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Grisly new details have emerged of the Russian rampage across Ukraine, where Vladimir Putin’s forces are accused of indiscriminately killing civilians.
A survivor named Igor told The Insider that a woman making food on the street was killed when she walked inside as Russian soldiers were passing.
“They opened fire on her with an automatic rifle – they killed her through the door,” Igor said. “I don’t know who they are fighting with.”
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry tweeted gruesome photos showing dead naked women, some of whom had been burned, along a road in Bucha, outside Kyiv. Mass graves and corpses with gunshot wounds were also left behind.
A man points to a mass grave in the town of Bucha.
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Bucha satellite images show a trench about 45 feet long dug around the grounds of the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints, according to satellite images that Maxar Technologies, a space technology company, shared with The Daily Beast. The images were taken on March 31.
Satellite image taken on March 31.
The carnage was the backdrop to a statement by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Moscow was determined for “genocide” and a report by Human Rights Watch detailing alleged war crimes committed by Russian soldiers.
Despite the shocking images and global outcry, Russia continued to hit Ukraine over the weekend. Thick black smoke was seen over the once picturesque port of Odessa on Sunday morning after Russian strikes destroyed a fuel depot in the city which had previously seen little fighting since the February 24 Russian invasion. The Russian and Ukrainian military confirmed the coup. on their Telegram channels.
“This morning, high-precision sea and air missiles destroyed an oil refinery and three fuel and lubricant storage facilities near the city of Odessa, from which fuel was supplied to the group of Ukrainian troops in direction of Mykolaiv,” said the Russian. the military said in a statement on Telegram.
Smoke rises after a Russian army attack in Odessa.
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Odessa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov confirmed the hit and said no one died. “Today, the occupiers hit Odessa’s critical infrastructure objects with missiles,” he said in a televised statement broadcast on Ukrainian media channels, according to CNN. “There is fire, there is smoke. Fortunately, there are no casualties. Only the buildings are damaged. The situation is under control. »
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As Russian troops continue to retreat, regroup and resupply, they have left a gruesome trail in their wake. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry tweeted gruesome photos showing dead naked women, some of whom had been burned, along a road outside kyiv where Russian troops were stationed. Mass graves and corpses with gunshot wounds fired at close range were also left behind.
The war, now entering its second month, shows no signs of ending anytime soon, thanks in part to fierce resistance from Ukraine, backed by Western donations of cash, war machinery and ammunition. On Sunday, Britain’s Ministry of Defense applauded the Ukrainian efforts, saying they had significantly hampered Russian air capability. “Russia’s inability to find and destroy air defense systems seriously hampered its efforts to gain broad air control, which significantly affected its ability to support the advance of its ground forces over several fronts,” they tweeted.
The body of a man, his wrists tied behind his back, lies in a street in Bucha.
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Yet no one has claimed responsibility for a strike on a fuel depot in Belogrod, Russian territory, after the Russian military blamed Ukraine for what would be the first cross-border offensive if confirmed.
On Sunday, Ukraine added to its gains by reclaiming the ghost town of Pripyat, which has been abandoned since the collapse of nearby Chernobyl in 1986, which Russian troops claimed early on. “Today, April 3, paratrooper units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine took over the area of the city of Pripyat and the area along the state border of Ukraine with the Republic of Belarus” , the Ukrainian military said in a Facebook post that included a photo of the Ukrainian flag flying above our heads.
—Shannon Vavra contributed reporting.
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