- A Bucha couple said Russian soldiers were looking for them because they have relatives in the Ukrainian army.
- Nearly 300 people were buried in mass graves in the Ukrainian city outside the capital Kyiv.
- “They didn’t knock on the door, they immediately opened fire,” the woman said in one video interviewper translator off-camera.
A couple in Bucha said they were attacked by Russian soldiers because they have relatives serving in the Ukrainian army, German tabloid BILD reported.
Nearly 300 people were buried in mass graves in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, about 52 kilometers from the capital Kyiv. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “deeply shocked” by images of civilian killings in Bucha and joined the European Union in calling for an investigation into possible war crimes by Russian forces.
Despite the shocking images and testimonies of the Bucha massacre, Russia has denied any wrongdoing, claiming the killings were a Ukrainian hoax aimed at smearing its military.
Journalist Paul Ronzheimer, a reporter for BILD covering the Ukraine crisis, interviewed Mykhola and Viktoria, who claim their home address is on a “list” used by Russian soldiers for relatives in the army.
“I took off my address tag because some friends told me they have some lists,” Mykhola said per a tweet by Ronzheimer. “I don’t know where they got these lists from. They came for me six times. My nephew is in the UA Army and my wife’s sister is in her service. They came to arrest me six times.”
Ronzheimer tweeted that Russian soldiers had spoken to their neighbors and asked about the couple.
“We hid all the time when we lived in the shed,” Mykhola said, according to the journalist tweeted translation. “We haven’t shown our noses outside for three weeks.”
—Paul Ronzheimer (@ronzheimer) April 7, 2022
The couple said they hid in the attic when Russian soldiers came to their home.
“They didn’t knock on the door, they immediately opened fire,” Viktoria said in one video interviewper translator off-camera.
According to the translator, Viktoria said: “That was the most terrifying moment…when they hid here. They hoped the Russians wouldn’t find them. And they sat here and heard them crack and smash everything in the house.” . And then they heard the explosion of the grenade, and then one of the soldiers said to the other: ‘Nikolai, it’s clear here, let’s go.'”