Ukrainian sources have named a suspected commander of Russian troops in Bucha as more evidence of the massacre of civilians comes from the city.
Lt Colonel Azatbek Omurbekov shows the 64th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade, which occupies the city in the Kyiv region.
He allegedly oversaw the region’s atrocities, including women and children being raped and shot.
Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskysaid, dozens of dead civilians were seen on the roads of Bucha and the Kyiv suburbs of Irpin and Hostomel.
In what looked like a ‘horror movie scene,’ he said bodies showed evidence of torture, Rape, and arson.
Authorities are writing more and more evidence as Ukrainian military territory is recalled and evidence emerges that there are brutal executions.
This adds to their case of charging Russian officers for war crimes, but Moscow still rejects accusations of atrocities.
Associated Press reporters saw the bodies of at least nine civilians in civilian clothes in Bucha who appeared near death.
At least two had their hands behind their backs, while two bodies were covered in plastic, bound with tape, and tossed into a ditch.
Ukrainian activists and online investigators have identified the presence of Omurbekov’s troops – usually based in Russia’s far east – and several other Russian military units.
Volunteer group Tretya Sila reported: ‘In Bucha, there was a service unit 51460 from the village Knyaze-Volkonskoye, Khabarovsk territory … Soon all these murderers, rapists, and looters will be understood by name.’
InformNapalm volunteers named Omurbekov the winning charge of Unit 51460 of the 64th Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade.
Details from several other groups are also supposed to be in Bucha, including the Fifth Separate Guards Tank Brigade of the 36th Brigade of the Russian Eastern Military District and the 98th Airborne Division of the 331st Parachute Assault Regiment.
Russian sources have denied the allegations in a Friday statement stating, “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Ukrainian officials have been made in Bucha and other cities.
Moscow’s representative to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said: “The Russian Ministry of Defense has wholly denied these false allegations. I want to point out that Russian troops left Bucha on March 30.
“The Ukrainian authorities have been silent all these days, and now they have suddenly assigned sensational images to tarnish Russia’s image and defend Russia itself.”
‘I want to emphasize with full responsibility that no single citizen suffered from violence when the Russian army controlled the city. On the contrary, our troops provide 452 tons of humanitarian aid to civilians. ‘
He claimed that the Ukrainian armed forces had occupied Bucha immediately after leaving Russian troops, which was ‘intentionally ignored by the US.’
‘This is what could have forced civilian casualties. He added that the Kyiv regime is trying to blame its atrocities on Russia.
It arrives after Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, shocked diplomats by claiming that the Ukrainians were occupying their people as they fled through humanitarian corridors set up as flight routes from besieged cities.
Deputy Speaker of the Russian upper place of parliament Konstantin Kosachev said there was “no doubt” that the massacre in Bucha was a “staging” by the Kyiv authorities.
He added: ‘The reality that the West has picked it up and hyped it makes it an accomplice to this cynical and immoral crime.’
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed that Kyiv was collaborating with the West to blame Russia.
She claimed the massacre was “a provocation carried out by the Ukrainian military and extreme nationalists” to disrupt peace talks.
On Saturday, Associated Press reporters witnessed Ukrainian soldiers draw at least six bodies from a highway in the city. They used lines in case the Russians had borrowed explosives before retreating.
Residents of Bucha, controlled by Russian soldiers for about a month, have given statements of troops shooting and killing civilians for no apparent reason.
During a logistical connection that residents said was used as a base by Russian troops, the bodies of eight men could be seen left on the ground, some with their hands bound behind their backs.
Residents said Russian armies would go from building to building, remove people from the cellars hiding from the fighting, match their phones for evidence of anti-Russian activity, and take or shoot them away.
Meanwhile, a resident of the Ukrainian city of Motyzhyn, near Kyiv, says that her mayor Olga Sukhenko and her husband and son were destroyed in an execution-style murder.
The local said that she and her family were shot dead and thrown into a ditch in a forest behind a piece of land with three houses where Russian troops were sleeping.
A fourth body was not identified. The mayor and her family were reported on March 23 by others as abducted by Russians and taken in an unknown direction.
The local, Oleg, who refused to give his full name for safety reasons, said yesterday that Russian troops targeted local officials to win them over and kill them if they did not cooperate.