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scenes of carnage in Boutcha and the kyiv region

Ukrainian soldiers inspect destroyed Russian army tanks near kyiv on April 2, 2022.

kyiv discovers, thanks to the abandonment by the Russian army of the battle for the conquest of the city, the true face of the war. From towns to villages, on roads and paths, the spectacle of devastation crushes the hearts of Ukrainian fighters who advance, now without enemies in front of them. Civilians executed on their doorsteps, in the streets, in their cars. Houses ravaged, burned, gutted. And then, almost everywhere at the turn of a path, charred Russian tanks with the bodies of soldiers frozen in death, specters of what will remain, beyond the withdrawal ordered by Moscow, the chronicle of a defeat at the gates from Kyiv.

History will remember that on the thirty-eighth day of war, Saturday April 2, Ukraine proclaimed “liberation” from the Kyiv region. Russia had announced a few days earlier that it was stopping its offensive against the Ukrainian capital, estimating, on March 25, against all evidence, that “the main objectives of the operation have been achieved”then specifying on March 29 that his forces were going “drastically reduce” their operations around Kyiv to focus on “the liberation of Donbass”, in the east of the country. The withdrawal movement towards the territory of Belarus, an ally of Moscow, was lightning fast. Within days, the Russian army was gone.

In images, in pictures : around kyiv, scenes of desolation after the withdrawal of Russian forces

The capital, certainly subjected to aerial bombardments and artillery fire in its suburbs, but relatively spared in comparison with other cities of Ukraine, becomes aware, dismayed, of the extent of the violence which has unleashed at its gates, on the front lines and in the villages occupied by Russian forces.

The first carnage discovered in the territories abandoned by the Russian army took place between the villages of Myla and Mriia, on the road that connects kyiv to Zhytomyr. This strategic highway axis, the E40, west of the capital, was occupied for weeks, but the first days after the arrival of the Russian forces, not everyone was necessarily informed, and the Ukrainian forces had not yet installed checkpoints on all paths to prevent access. This is how civilians fell in ambush in front of Russian tanks and troops, not hesitating to fire on any car that passed by.

Charred bodies and burned cars

The slaughter extends over almost a kilometer. A few bodies, curled up after being engulfed in flames, lie in cars which, after being stopped by gunfire, were probably set on fire on purpose. Most of the corpses lie next to the automobiles. They are all either partially burned or completely charred, which cannot be the result, so systematically, of tank and machine gun fire. It was later set on fire.

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