Ukrainian mayor ‘executed with her husband’ as Russia ‘kidnapped 11 community leaders’

According to local residents, Russian troops shot dead the mayor of Motyzhyn, a town 30 miles west of Kyiv, along with her husband and son.

The bodies were reportedly dumped in a pit in a pine forest behind houses where Russian forces had been sleeping. The Associated Press called.

The mayor’s husband had his hands behind his back, with a length of rope nearby and a piece of plastic wrapped around his eyes like a blindfold, the news outlet reported.

Journalists found four bodies in the pit, all of which appeared to have been shot at close range.

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk said Mayor Olga Sucheko was killed while being held by Russian forces.

A woman cries as she waits with others for food distribution in the village of Motyzhyn, Ukraine

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Residents of the village of Motyzhyn, which until recently was under the control of the Russian military

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She added in a video message posted on her Telegram account that 11 other local community leaders across the country have been kidnapped by the Russian army.

On Sunday, Ms Vereshchuk said: “To date, 11 local community leaders are in detention in Kyiv, Kherson, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv and Donetsk regions.

“We are informing the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN, all sorts of organizations, as well as the other civilians who have disappeared.”

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday that the discovery of civilian bodies in Bucha and Irpin, some with their hands tied behind their backs, should be classified as genocide.

Mr Morawiecki said Russia’s invasion was “purely evil” and supported the establishment of an international commission to investigate Russian crimes committed in Ukraine.

People react as they gather near a mass grave in the town of Bucha, northwest of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv

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French President Emmanuel Macron said there was “clear evidence of war crimes” in Bucha and called for more sanctions against Russia.

The Ukrainian government has accused Russian forces of committing “genocide”.

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said: “[The] The Bucha massacre was deliberate. We’re still collecting and looking for bodies, but the number is already in the hundreds.

“There are dead bodies in the streets. They killed civilians while they stayed and when they left those villages and towns.”

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