Massacre: Ukrainian Citizens Executed in Bucha
Massacre: Ukrainian Citizens Executed in Bucha
Can we call this a war crime yet? Ukrainian forces liberated the town of Bucha, near Kyiv, and found that Russian forces had committed a massacre of its civilians.
Ukrainian soldiers found civilians laying in the streets, hands behind their backs, and shot execution-style. A member of the Ukrainian parliament tweeted out a video showing Ukrainian forces driving through Bucha, bodies littering the streets.
— Kira Rudik (@kiraincongress) April 2, 2022
The Russians didn’t even spare dogs in the massacre, either.
#Bucha #Ukraine. Russians hurt and kill everything that moves and is not member of Russian army. Russian has not changed since II WW – wants to win at any cost of its own and other victims. I cant add video with drastic details of human killing but look how they treated animals. pic.twitter.com/l4Qf5xNAWh
— Galina Aksakova (@GalinaAksakova) April 3, 2022
In addition, Louise Callaghan of The Sunday Times in Britain told the story of 80-year-old Maria and her encounters with Russian soldiers.
“In the woods outside Bucha today we met Maria, 80, who hadn’t minded the Russian soldiers so much when they turned up at her house. It was only after they withdrew that she found out they had tied up and executed her neighbours.”
“Russian forces retreated from this area in the last few days. They left absolute horror behind. Soldiers told us they’d found mutilated bodies of men, women and teenagers inside a basement of a holiday home. Others that corpses left in the street had been mined ….”
“Reporting from @AFP and @Reuters inside Bucha shows bodies lying on the streets or in half-dug graves, some with their hands tied behind their backs. Mass graves. Executions. Soldiers and civilians we spoke to say they will never forgive this.”
Plus, a Ukrainian man and his wife explained their experiences in this interview from the Washington Post.
While most of the world reacted with horror, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed the accounts were fake news:
“All photographs and video materials published by the Kyiv regime, allegedly showing some kind of ‘crimes’ by Russian military personnel in the town of Bucha … are yet another provocation.”
“It’s particularity concerning that all the bodies of people whose images were published by the Kyiv regime, after at least four days, have not stiffened, do not have characteristic cadaveric spots, and have fresh blood in their wounds.”
The conclusion of the Russian defense ministry was that all those bodies were “staged by the Kyiv regime for Western media, as was the case with the [fake news from the] Mariupol maternity clinic.” Russian officials have promoted the claim that the Mariupol attack was a “false flag” with “crisis actors.” Yet another Russian government official claimed that Azov Nazis were responsible for the attack.
Of course they did. Meanwhile, Putin fanboys and conspiracists cried foul in as they did in comments at the Epoch Times:
“Not saying it isn’t what they claim it to be but how hard is it to have some people lay on the ground and partially cover themselves with dirt, then take a photo. Even if it is an accurate depiction, I only count about 4 bodies in the Twitter photo. Does that really qualify as a massacre?”
“As usual, it’s the Zelensky regime and their US backers that are guilty of the things they accuse the Russians of in propaganda pieces like this.”
“Yep. Western media is lying.”
“Zelenski [sic] is a puppet of Ihor Kolomoyskyi (jewish oligarch). They work for the WEF, under Klaus Schaub [sic] to make Ukraine a trap.”
Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt, is it?
Russia under the Soviets has a long history of brutality, torture, and massacre.
In the spring of 1940, the Russian army murdered about 22,000 Polish officers and academics in what is known as the Katyn Massacre. The Russians tortured and shot these prisoners and dumped their bodies in mass graves. Only one man, a Polish officer, survived. And like many of the victims in Bucha, the victims at Katyn also had their hands bound by rope before being shot.
After World War II, the Russian Army expelled German civilians from Eastern Europe — mostly women and children — who had been living as minorities in those countries, often for many generations. Not only were these civilians expelled, but also hunted, raped, murdered, and often carted off as slave laborers.
And before WWII, there was the Holodomor, which occurred in Ukraine from 1932-33. Instigated by Joseph Stalin, this was an intentional famine for the Ukrainians’ crime of resisting collectivism. One estimate finds that the famine claimed about 13% of the population, perhaps nearly 4 million people.
And here we are again. Russia once again falls back on its playbook of brutality upon the people of a country they invaded. What’s particularly ironic is that Vladimir Putin is subjecting the Ukrainians to the same sort of hell his mother endured in Leningrad during the Nazi invasion of that city. But then again, Putin was a KGB agent in the Soviet Union. And if you scratch Putin, you’ll find a Soviet brute with no compunction at all about committing massacre upon the citizens of another nation.