Nearly 300 people were buried in a mass grave in Bucha, a suburban town outside kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, its mayor told AFP on Saturday after the Ukrainian army regained control of the key city to Russia.
“In Bucha, we have already buried 280 people in mass graves,” Mayor Anatoly Fedoruk told AFP by telephone. He said the streets of the heavily destroyed city are littered with corpses.
AFP saw at least 20 bodies – men in civilian clothes – lying in a single street in Bucha on Saturday.
“All these people were shot, killed, in the back of the head,” Fedoruk said.
He said the victims were both men and women and he saw a 14-year-old boy among the dead.
Many bodies wore white bandages “to show they were unarmed”, he said.
The city still had cars on the streets with “whole families killed: children, women, grandmothers, men”, he added.
The corpses were still on the streets because the sappers have not yet worked there, Fedoruk said.
He claimed that some of the victims tried to cross the Buchanka River into Ukrainian-held territory and were killed.
“These are the consequences of the Russian occupation,” he said.
He said it was not possible to say how many civilians had been killed in the fighting with Russian forces.
Authorities will clear the bodies after sappers give them the all-clear in “three or four days”, he said.
Ukrainian forces regained control of Bucha this week. The town had been inaccessible for nearly a month as it was held by Russian forces.
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