- A woman in Bucha said Russian soldiers claiming to be liberators shot her husband in front of her.
- Iryna Abramov said in interviews that troops dragged her husband Oleg onto the street on March 5.
- Russia is accused of killing 300 civilians in Bucha, while Zelenskyy and Biden accuse Putin of war crimes.
A resident of the Ukrainian town of Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, said Russian soldiers came to her home, posed as liberators, and then killed her husband in front of her.
After weeks of being controlled by Russian forces, Bucha was recently recaptured by Ukraine, with authorities later saying Russian forces killed more than 300 civilians there.
in the a video interview shared by Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and in a separate interview with the BBC, Bucha resident Iryna Abramov said Russian troops stormed her home on March 5 and dragged her husband Oleg into the street.
“They didn’t ask or say anything, they just killed him,” she told the BBC. “They just told him to take off his shirt, get on his knees, and they shot him.”
In the interview posted on social media, Abramov said Russian troops first told them: “We are liberators, we came to liberate you.”
Abramov told the BBC that after Oleg was shot, the soldiers told her and her 72-year-old father, Volodymyr, that they had three minutes to leave the house, meaning they had to leave Oleg’s body on the street.
She said the body lay there on the street for a month while they hid nearby before Ukrainian forces collected it and took it away, the BBC reported. Volodymyr Abramov told the BBC he did not know where his son-in-law’s body was.
Iryna Abramov said her husband’s blood still stained the street at the spot where he was killed, the BBC reported.
Following reports and images of bodies in Bucha, both Ukraine and US President Joe Biden labeled President Vladimir Putin a war criminal, and the US called for Russia’s expulsion from the UN Human Rights Council.
Russia said images of the dead were fabricated to portray Russian troops as villains. Insider’s Tom Porter has published a timeline that refutes this claim.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in Bucha on Monday that there could be even worse war crimes for Ukraine to uncover as its forces retake land in the north of the country.
“There is already information that the number of victims in Borodyanka may be even higher [another town near Kyiv] and some other liberated cities,” he said.