France Press agency , Posted on Friday, April 08, 2022 at 09:38
Hanna Pridko had fled Butch, where she was bombed by Russian soldiers and then occupied for a month, accused of abuse there. On Thursday, she returned home “happy” that the Ukrainian army had “chased these bastards”.
She left town with her three children after the first bombings on February 24. She took refuge in the west of the country, spared the war.
His mother, Natalia Bredko, 69, joined him there on March 11, taking advantage of the evacuation of civilians, while soldiers from Moscow occupied Bucha.
The sexual girl left her husband there, who never wanted to leave the house.
The fighting around the town did not stop completely, and at the end of March, the Russian forces withdrew from the town.
Dozens of civilian dead were found there last weekend, some with their hands tied behind their backs.
“We are very happy that our armed forces succeeded in expelling these miscreants,” exclaims Hanna.
“Now everyone knows something about this place, unfortunately for a hefty price,” adds the 31-year-old.
At the beginning of the afternoon she came with her mother in front of the Pötsch Town Hall, the trunk of her car filled with food for the residents.
A local official sat in the basket of a truck, and had just put the Ukrainian flag on the roof of the town hall, for the first time since the city was occupied by soldiers from Moscow.
– ‘The city is in ruins’ –
“I am very happy to return to see our national flag, after the liberation of our city by the Ukrainian army. Glory to Ukraine!” exclaimed Natalia, watching the blue and yellow flag flutter in the wind. She is also happy that she has found her husband healthy and well.
Will they continue to live in Butch? For his daughter, it is clear: “We plan to stay here.”
“Many of my friends live abroad, we were invited and there were possibilities to leave. But we decided to return, even if the city was in ruins,” explains the young woman.
In a small square in front of the town hall, food is distributed by young volunteers.
Dozens of residents, mostly elderly, are covered as in the middle of winter despite the spring equinox. They leave slowly, pulling a cart on wheels or carrying plastic bags full of food.
Under the mild sunshine, Boris Begwick decided to take his bike to Bucha to see the home of his son, a policeman in the area, who was absent when the town was taken.
Boris, 63, lives next door, in the neighboring town of Forzel.
“The curfew is over today. So I decided to come and fix the gate to our son’s house because his neighbors said it broke. The Russians stole everything in the house and broke the doors and windows,” he said.
“I was afraid to go in because he might be trapped. We can expect anything from these + fascists, we’ve seen them!” , says the retiree, a former senior police officer.
– ‘They looted everything’ –
In Forzel, the soldiers were also there and stayed for a month, as at Bucha.
The retired policeman, who usually lives in Kyiv, was in Forzel with his wife in their second home to rest after surgery. In the recovery period, “I couldn’t fight back,” he explains.
Surprised by the bombing, they could not return to Kyiv and remained in Forzl.
One evening, Boris says, their neighbor’s son was killed, “because the Russians using thermal imaging cameras threw grenades from drones at anyone who came out.”
A week ago, when the Russian soldiers withdrew from the area, “they took everything they could with them. They looted everything, their armored vehicles were overflowing with stolen things,” he says, as he climbs up on his bike to leave Butch.
He did not have time to see a small convoy of large white SUVs, and blue UN emblems, stopping in front of the town hall.
Martin Griffiths, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, has just arrived for a short visit.
In front of a mass grave dug by Ukrainians, where the bodies are still half-buried, a town hall official explained how civilians have been killed in recent weeks in Bucha, a British diplomat in black pants, a T-shirt and a T-shirt.
“The world has already been deeply shocked” by the abuses committed, particularly in Bucha, said Martin Griffiths. “The next step is an investigation.”
An hour later, the UN convoy left town.
In front of the tomb, next to a white chapel with golden domes, Archbishop Svyatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church, prays and meditates.
“We saw the genocide of the Ukrainian people here,” he told AFP.
“We pray because the most important judge is God Almighty, but justice must be done even here, otherwise if we do not condemn such a crime this crime will be repeated.”