Haunting drone footage showing rows and rows of burial sites lays bare the scale of devastation left by Russian soldiers in the Kyiv region.
Vladimir Putin’s forces have now begun a fresh offensive to capture the east of Ukraine, having failed to capture the country’s capital as many expected.
As troops withdrew from the area surrounding Kyiv, harrowing images of bodies lining the streets began emerging from commuter towns including Bucha and Irpin.
Some innocent civilians were found dead with their hands tied behind their backs – with evidence of victims being raped, burned and tortured.
As workers dug fresh graves in Irpin, Ukrainian investigators said yesterday that they had examined 269 bodies there since it was taken back from Russian troops in late March.
The town, which had a pre-war population of about 62,000, was one of the main hotspots of fighting before Putin’s forces withdrew and re-grouped in the east.
At a cemetery on the outskirts of Irpin, dozens of new graves have been dug and heaped with wreaths. Tearful mourners watched as workers hurriedly shovelled sandy earth into victims’ final resting places.
Workers have been hurriedly digging graves as more and more bodies are discovered in the region surrounding Kyiv (Picture: Reuters)
Tetiana Vered, 53 (left), mourns the death of her husband, Roman Vered, 53, who according to his family was killed by Russian soldiers (Picture: Reuters)
Rows and rows of graves with colourful wreaths show the scale of devastation caused by Russian forces (Picture: Reuters)
Evidence has emerged of civilians being tortured, raped and burned (Picture: Reuters)
‘As of now, we have inspected 269 dead bodies,’ said Serhiy Panteleyev, first deputy head of the police’s main investigation department, at an online briefing yesterday.
He said forensic work was ongoing to determine the cause of death for many of the victims, sharing photos of severely charred human remains.
He said seven sites in Irpin where civilians were allegedly shot have been inspected, without giving further details.
More than 900 civilians have been found dead across the Kyiv region since the withdrawal of Russian troops.
Vladimir Putin’s forces a re now focusing their attention on the eastern region of Ukraine adfter failing to take Kyiv (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
Russia is facing accusations of war crimes and genocide as more and more dead civilians are found in the region (Picture: Reuters)
Artem Vered, 28, watches the burial of his father Roman Vered, 53, on the outskirts of Irpin (Picture: Reuters)
Across the entire Kyiv region, more than 900 civilians have been found dead following the withdrawal of Russian forces (Picture: Reuters)
Anna Proidenko, 57, hugs Igor Bovkunenko during the funeral of their relative Roman Vered (Picture: Reuters)
An estimated 95% died from gunshot wounds, with evidence of them being executed in the street at point blank range. The majority have been found in the town of Bucha, where more than 350 corpses have been discovered.
Officials gave these figures late last week, and more and more bodies keep on being found in makeshift graves, or simply in the streets.
Russia denies targeting civilians and has dismissed allegations its troops committed war crimes in occupied areas of Ukraine.
It has even tried to pin the blame on its neighbour, accusing Ukrainians of planting bodies in an attempt to discredit them.
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