The journalists found that Russian paratroopers from Pskov were involved in the atrocities.
The New York Times published video evidence of the execution of eight men in Bucha by Russian paratroopers and identified the victims.
This edition devoted a lot of material .
These are (from the top row to the left) Anatoly Prikhodko, Andrey Matviychuk, Andrey Verbovoy, Denis Rudenko, Andrey Dvornikov, Svyatoslav Turovsky, Valery Kotenko and Vitaly Karpenko. Another 43-year-old builder, Ivan Skiba, managed to survive.
The paratroopers patrolled the area, conducting house-to-house searches and working inside and outside the four-story office building, 144, Yablonskaya, which the Russians had turned into a base and field hospital. On the same street, Ivan Skiba, along with 5 other men, were on duty at an impromptu checkpoint.
The Ukrainians were warned by radio about the approach of the enemy – and they hid with a local resident, 53-year-old Valery Kotenko. Later they were joined by two more fighters, Andrey Dvornikov and Denis Rudenko. An hour later, during searches, the Russians found the men in the house, and at gunpoint, the invaders took the men, including Kotenko, out into the street. After the “searches” for the presence of tattoos about belonging to militarized organizations, the hostages were taken to the “base”.
Witnesses confirm that they saw men in the parking lot in front of the “base” with shirts pulled over their heads. According to Skiba, they were forced to kneel, and then the paratroopers shot Vitaly Karpenko. The invaders finished off the wounded, Skiba managed to avoid death – after being hit by a bullet, he pretended to be dead.
One hostage was released, the case says that we are talking about “high treason.”
The bodies of the executed men lay in the yard for more than a month.
The wall and steps of the building were riddled with bullet holes. On the other side of the yard, a few meters away from where the bodies lay, were 7.62x54R spent cartridge cases used in Soviet PK-series machine guns and Dragunov sniper rifles widely used by Russian troops. An unfired cartridge of caliber 7.62x54R was also found inside the building.
Other evidence left by the Russians points to two specific units of paratroopers that may have occupied the building. In the packing lists for boxes with weapons and ammunition, military units 32515 and 74268 are indicated, corresponding to the 104th and 234th air assault regiments, respectively. Both units suffered heavy losses during the first Russian attempt to enter Bucha in February.
Investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine also provided the media with an image of a patch with the emblem of the 104th regiment found inside the building and a list of Russian soldiers removed from the building. Searching Russian social media sites and other databases for each soldier’s name, the media found that at least five soldiers had clear links to the 104th. Others posted images of them holding paratrooper flags or wearing paratrooper uniforms. Some indicated their location as Pskov, the city where the headquarters of the 104th and 234th regiments are located.
As UNIAN reported, on April 20, Nebytov said that in the settlements of the Kiev region liberated from the invaders, the bodies of dead civilians were found in mass graves , basements and wells.
Recall that having occupied Bucha, the enemy staged a bloody massacre there. Civilians were massacred. They raped men, women, the elderly and even children. Many were taken prisoner. People died during torture. The survivors were sent to filtration camps on the territory of the Russian Federation. Children were taken away from their parents and sent to Russia “for adoption”.
In Bucha, many houses were destroyed as a result of shelling. Shops and houses were looted by looters. After the liberation of Bucha from the invaders, mass graves with the bodies of local residents were discovered there.