Zürcher Nachrichten - Mother remembers 'brutal' soldiers who terrorised Bucha

EUR -
AED 4.014454
AFN 77.44101
ALL 100.20882
AMD 424.31811
ANG 1.969263
AOA 953.751502
ARS 1008.524396
AUD 1.624513
AWG 1.967867
AZN 1.858857
BAM 1.954737
BBD 2.206174
BDT 128.370217
BGN 1.954812
BHD 0.411921
BIF 3146.22223
BMD 1.092956
BND 1.464752
BOB 7.550174
BRL 5.973444
BSD 1.092691
BTN 91.291484
BWP 14.764932
BYN 3.575861
BYR 21421.93482
BZD 2.202476
CAD 1.496295
CDF 3103.994584
CHF 0.968579
CLF 0.036283
CLP 1001.147715
CNY 7.936282
CNH 7.952123
COP 4364.085305
CRC 571.18618
CUC 1.092956
CUP 28.96333
CVE 110.223738
CZK 25.286658
DJF 194.540055
DKK 7.459916
DOP 64.475864
DZD 146.85174
EGP 52.675666
ERN 16.394338
ETB 62.753709
FJD 2.435325
FKP 0.842189
GBP 0.840073
GEL 2.96739
GGP 0.842189
GHS 16.848385
GIP 0.842189
GMD 74.075087
GNF 9410.884148
GTQ 8.471829
GYD 228.59606
HKD 8.53375
HNL 27.05929
HRK 7.550085
HTG 144.236006
HUF 390.840464
IDR 17637.8484
ILS 3.976884
IMP 0.842189
INR 91.345917
IQD 1431.364177
IRR 46013.441477
ISK 149.308487
JEP 0.842189
JMD 170.926015
JOD 0.77447
JPY 171.13283
KES 142.357365
KGS 92.855126
KHR 4487.320197
KMF 494.070947
KPW 983.660655
KRW 1509.158886
KWD 0.33392
KYD 0.910526
KZT 519.525519
LAK 24202.939766
LBP 97848.271053
LKR 331.909571
LRD 213.066341
LSL 19.876459
LTL 3.227215
LVL 0.661118
LYD 5.283022
MAD 10.740279
MDL 19.350048
MGA 4916.159663
MKD 61.525479
MMK 3549.877994
MNT 3770.698089
MOP 8.786189
MRU 43.250489
MUR 50.898729
MVR 16.834008
MWK 1894.62142
MXN 19.398652
MYR 5.097001
MZN 69.839869
NAD 19.876459
NGN 1764.948389
NIO 40.224942
NOK 11.747735
NPR 146.071319
NZD 1.800131
OMR 0.420751
PAB 1.092691
PEN 4.05938
PGK 4.278398
PHP 63.685465
PKR 304.337959
PLN 4.29772
PYG 8251.514393
QAR 3.985933
RON 4.969228
RSD 117.010752
RUB 96.559959
RWF 1430.812019
SAR 4.099265
SBD 9.243789
SCR 14.798035
SDG 656.86625
SEK 11.535652
SGD 1.465752
SHP 0.842188
SLE 24.971093
SLL 22918.741873
SOS 624.466235
SRD 32.391913
STD 22621.979595
SVC 9.558804
SYP 2746.084786
SZL 19.871561
THB 39.285149
TJS 11.636518
TMT 3.836275
TND 3.390757
TOP 2.58096
TRY 36.167547
TTD 7.417223
TWD 35.587185
TZS 2901.014146
UAH 45.324933
UGX 4042.486718
USD 1.092956
UYU 43.876148
UZS 13749.525619
VEF 3959290.014001
VES 39.84551
VND 27679.107108
VUV 129.757946
WST 3.06422
XAF 655.711538
XAG 0.036008
XAU 0.000444
XCD 2.953768
XDR 0.824191
XOF 655.711538
XPF 119.331742
YER 273.594154
ZAR 19.94134
ZMK 9837.912976
ZMW 28.491334
ZWL 351.93134
  • RBGPF

    0.0000

    56.9

    0%

  • CMSC

    -0.0550

    24.365

    -0.23%

  • RYCEF

    0.0200

    5.94

    +0.34%

  • NGG

    0.3900

    61.38

    +0.64%

  • GSK

    1.0100

    39.91

    +2.53%

  • RELX

    -0.6950

    45.615

    -1.52%

  • BTI

    0.4900

    32.63

    +1.5%

  • RIO

    -0.4700

    65.85

    -0.71%

  • VOD

    0.1450

    9.175

    +1.58%

  • SCS

    0.1500

    13.9

    +1.08%

  • CMSD

    -0.0350

    24.52

    -0.14%

  • JRI

    0.0300

    12.63

    +0.24%

  • AZN

    1.0300

    79.62

    +1.29%

  • BCC

    -1.5100

    135.29

    -1.12%

  • BP

    0.4750

    35.365

    +1.34%

  • BCE

    0.1350

    33.085

    +0.41%

Mother remembers 'brutal' soldiers who terrorised Bucha
Mother remembers 'brutal' soldiers who terrorised Bucha

Mother remembers 'brutal' soldiers who terrorised Bucha

A couple of weeks into the Russian occupation of Bucha, local resident Olena sensed a turn for the worse when older, rougher soldiers appeared and began to spread fear in the town.

Text size:

They were "brutal" compared to the younger soldiers who captured the town at the start of the invasion, said the 43-year-old mother of two.

"Right in front of my eyes, they fired on a man who was going to get food at the supermarket," said Olena, who did not wish to give her second name.

Located 30 kilometres (19 miles) northwest of Kyiv's city centre, the town of Bucha was occupied by Russian forces on February 27 in the opening days of the war and remained under their control for a month.

After the bombardments stopped, Ukrainian forces were able to retake the town on Thursday.

Large numbers of bodies of men in civilian clothing have since been found in the streets.

Throughout March, Olena lived with her children, 7 and 9 years old, in a cellar with no electricity under a four-storey housing block, along with other residents.

"There was no Ukrainian army in town, only the territorial defence made up mostly of unarmed guards from local businesses. And then they fled" when the Russians arrived, she said.

"At the beginning, there were mostly young (Russian) soldiers. Then, two weeks later, there were others, older ones. They were more than 40 years old.

"They were brutal. They mistreated everyone. And that's when the massacres started," she said, before pausing, a dark, thoughtful look on her face.

On Monday, Russia "categorically" rejected all accusations in relation to civilian killings.

- 'Lying in blood' -

According to Olena, the older soldiers "were very well equipped and wore black and dark green uniforms" as opposed to standard Russian army fatigues.

"There were some good guys among the Russian soldiers and there were some very rough men, especially officers from the FSB", the Russian security services, said Olena, who was dressed in a red beanie, a fleece jacket, tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

"I was going up to the soldiers to ask them what I should feed my children with and they brought us rations and food.

"It was they who told us that it was the FSB that had banned us from moving around, that they were very violent special forces. It was Russians saying this about the Russians!" she said.

Only women were allowed to leave to fetch water or food. The men were not permitted to go out into the streets and had to stay where they were.

"Our neighbours went to put their rubbish out around 5:00 pm. They were two men and a woman. One of the men had served in the army. They didn't come back.

"They were found by the women in our building when they went to get wood in the courtyard of a house. The corpses were lying in blood on the ground with bullet marks," Olena said.

"When the FSB agents arrived, they asked, 'why didn't you leave?' I told them I have lived here for 43 years and had a peaceful life, so where would I go? At that point, they started calling us traitors, because we didn't leave."

- Mass graves -

On Saturday, AFP saw the bodies of at least 22 people in civilian clothes on a single street. One of them was on the pavement near a bicycle, others had bags of provisions near them. The body of one man had his hands tied behind his back.

On Monday, the bodies of five men, their hands also tied, were found in the basement of a children's sanatorium in Bucha, the Ukrainian prosecutor general's office said.

According to the mayor of Bucha, 280 people were buried in mass graves dug by Ukrainians, as the number of dead mounted.

In the centre of the town on Monday, one road was littered with the battered husks of around 20 vehicles, including troop transporters, tank trucks and Russian light armoured vehicles, some of them already beginning to rust.

The column was likely targeted by Ukrainian bombardments shortly after it rolled into town at the end of February.

In gardens, patches where the earth had been churned up could be seen surrounded by shell casings, an indication the site was used as an artillery position to pound the Kyiv region.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Russian "experts at the ministry of defence have identified signs of video fakes and various fakes" in the videos shared by Ukrainian authorities.

A.Weber--NZN