The New York Times War Crimes Investigation

meThere are journalistic works to be read, welcomed and, above all, shared with as many people as possible. Especially in times of war, when confrontation also occurs in the field of communication. The large size of The New York Times Dedicated to the Butch massacre is one of them.

In a long article written by Carlotta Gall and enriched with pictures of Daniel Berholak, the American daily documents the crimes committed in this city northwest of Kyiv, where a very large number of civilian bodies were found after the withdrawal of Russian forces from the area. beginning of April. “We went to Bucha, documented dozens of civilian deaths, interviewed many witnesses and followed investigators there to assess the atrocities committed by the Russians.”the newspaper announces, under three photographs, the full width, of corpses, booby-trapped buildings, and mass graves.

“Butch is a scene of horror”also warns the article, the authors of which also reported crimes on the Boutcha map, which indicates that they were committed throughout the city. Evidence suggests that the Russians were killed recklessly and sometimes sadistically, in part out of revenge. »

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“They shot my son. I wish it was me.”

The American newspaper in particular reveals the presence of armed soldiers, bombs and tanks firing on sight, snipers everywhere in Butch. According to the newspaper, Russian forces set up a base in a residence behind the city’s main secondary school. On March 5, a Russian sniper began shooting at anything moving south of this high school.write the The New York Times.

Like Ivan’s son. “They shot my son. I was next to him. I wish it was me.”says this inhabitant, who went out for a walk with his son on Yablonska Street (“Apple Street”). After a night of agony, he died early the next morning, leaving behind an 8-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter. His family buried him in the garden: “It is very difficult to bury your child. I would not wish it on my worst enemy.”

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This Yablonska Street, on which Ivan’s son was killed, quickly became the deadliest road for pedestrians, he points out The New York Times. A man riding a bicycle was also killed, as shown Video captured by a drone and shared by the Bellingcat team of international investigators. As of March 11, there were at least 11 bodies strewn across this street and sidewalks.

” condition [de sévices sexuels] Among other things”

Bute police identify a dead body near the corner of Ivana Franca Street on April 7, 2022.

After the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Kyiv region and northern Ukraine, 66-year-old Volodymyr Shepetko, who had taken refuge with his family in a basement, found his house looted. The soldiers occupied it – the latter forced the inhabitants to flee to seize the dwellings located near their bases – and turned it into a huge rubbish bin, with rubbish and empty beer bottles strewn on the ground.

And in a cellar under the garden shed, his nephew found the body of a woman, the American newspaper reported. “On the floor, her legs were wide apart, she was wearing a fur coat and nothing else.” She was shot in the head. Police found torn condom covers as well as used condoms. ” condition [de sévices sexuels] among many others”replied to the newspaper the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Ukrainian Society, Lyudmila Denisova.

According to several residents interviewed by the newspaper, The more the war progressed, the more bad the mood and behavior of the Russian troops became.. However, according to the accounts of witnesses encountered in Bocce, some of the violence took on an ironic dimension, and she was terrorized. Russian forces were also particularly suspicious of men of conscription age, accusing them of being members of the Ukrainian Defense Forces. The nephew of Natalia Oleksandrova was a victim. His interrogation lasted forty-eight hours, according to the soldiers who had kidnapped him, and he never came back, and was found dead, after the departure of the Russians, in a basement.

The vast majority of civilians are among the dead

Originally from Moldova and living in Ukraine for ten years, Marta Kermici spoke to her husband for the last time in mid-March. He had left the family home, near Chernihiv, a month earlier to go to his workplace, a construction site for a new housing complex in Bucha. During the month of March, he was able to reach his wife twice to tell her that he was still alive. Then nothing.

Oleg, 56, mourns for his mother Inna, 86, who was murdered in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, on April 10, 2022.

In early April, I, along with the rest of the world, discovered the first photos of the dead, scattered on Yablonska Street, near platforms and building materials, some of them tied to their hands. Mme Kremci recognized him immediately. Her husband was lying face down. I found some hope after noticing later, in another picture, that he was no longer lying next to the other corpses. She wants to believe he was hospitalized after being infected, but she didn’t get news of him until mid-April.

to me The New York TimesAbout 360 people were found dead in one weekend, in and around Boutcha. Among them, more than 250 were killed by bullets or shrapnel, and they are being investigated for war crimes, according to the city’s prosecutor, Ruslan Kravchenko.

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Many others died of starvation – such as at least six elderly people in an abandoned shelter, the American newspaper noted – due to the cold or lack of medicines and doctors. The vast majority of the dead were civilians: Only two Ukrainian military personnel were among the casualties in Bucha, an official at the city’s cemetery said. The authorities have collected several thousand photos and videos of these crimes, and posted on a Ukrainian government website created for the occasion, Warcrimes.gov.ua.

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