In Boutcha, plunge into the inferno of Ivana-Franka Street

Written by Remy Wardan

Posted today at 10:45am, updated at 11:30am.

The gates of hell opened on Ivana Franca Street for no apparent reason. Hell, call him Natalia ‘The wrath of the Russians’. Gregory still shivered. Irina fled across the country. None of the residents of Ivana Franka, located on the outskirts of Bucha, still really understand what happened during this month of the Russian military occupation. Right now, we are discovering and collecting bodies, here and there, in homes, gardens, or on the road, ghosts from the hurricane of violence that has fallen on the city.

Life is usually peaceful on Ivana Franca Street. Between the city center and the railway line, not far from the Irpen River, it feels like you are in the countryside. We live there in a detached house, there are a few trees in the gardens, often a shed for wood and tools, sometimes a vegetable patch. Usually young people go to work in the center of Buch or Kyiv, while adults go for walks. We live between two worlds, between city and country. Ivana Franca exudes calmness.

Then the war came. Soldiers arrived. They set up a base in an empty house, in the alley between Staroyablonska and Novoyablonska, near the entrance to Ivana-Franka. They set up a tank in front of the house of Irina and Serhiy, on the corner of Maxima – Rydzanisha Street, with a checkpoint. Then another tank next to Yuri’s house.

Deminers in front of the Shabello family home occupied by the Russian army.  The family has disappeared.
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In the Shipilo family home occupied by the Russian army.
Natalia outside the house of Irina Gavriluk, whose husband Serhiy and her brother Roman were killed.

The Russian army occupied Bucha from February 27 until the night of March 30-31. After the liberation of the Kyiv region, proclaimed by the Ukrainian government on April 2, after a month of fierce fighting and the withdrawal of the Russian army, the cities and villages that were occupied appear traces of killing, destruction and looting. At this point in the research, there were the highest number of Boutcha deaths.

Shocking discoveries were made on Ivana Franca Street from east to west. The east is the access to the city center, while the west is a dead end along the railway line. And the most horrific killings took place in the east, near the military base.

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On an empty plot, at the end of the corridor where the house that served as the headquarters of the Russian unit, the neighbors found the bodies of seven people cremated together after their execution. There were no witnesses. Neighbors were not allowed to use the alley, which was full of bottles of liquor. The bodies are identified.

The police stripped about fifty bags of dead bodies during the occupation by the Russian army in the city cemetery.
Bodies of those killed during the Russian army's occupation of Butch by the police were collected in the town's cemetery.

With the rise of Ivana-Franka Street, the list of victims continues. The first of them, Serhii and his brother-in-law Roman, were shot dead in their garden in front of Irina Gavriluk, Serhii’s wife and Roman’s sister. One was hit by a bullet, and the other was pierced by a burst of automatic weapon.

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