Busa destroyed city after the invasion of Russian forces

Some with eyes open to the gray sky. Others with their faces to the asphalt. Everyone with their own attitude to death. Twenty bodies of men are lying on a street in Busa, according to correspondents of the French Agency and Reuters.

The corpses, apparently of men, are scattered in several hundred meters, without it being possible to immediately determine the cause of their death.

“All these people were shot, killed, with a bullet in the back of the head,” Anatoly Fedoruk, the mayor of the city northwest of Kiev, told AFP, adding that Ukrainian troops were coming to retake Russian forces.

One of the men has his hands tied behind his back with a piece of white cloth, a Ukrainian passport lying on the floor next to him.

There are corpses all over the city, in front of the train station or on this or that side of the road.

Sixteen of the twenty corpses strewn on the sidewalk or on the edge of it. Three are in the middle of the street and another in the yard of a house. Another next to an abandoned car and two others lying next to bicycles – one with orange gloves and a black balaclava, lying sideways with his bicycle on him, as if he had fallen and could not get up.

The skin on their faces was waxy, indicating that the corpses had been there for at least several days.

Destroyed city

The horror of war has become so common in Busa that the last inhabitants pass by the corpses without even looking at them.

In recent days, Russian forces have withdrawn from several locations near the capital after failing to encircle it. They are leaving the Kiev and Chernihiv regions of northern Ukraine with the aim of regrouping in the east.

Ukraine announced that the city was “liberated”, but was devastated by the fighting: French Agency reporters saw shell holes in apartment buildings and damaged vehicles.

Depicting the intensity of the fighting, this street in the city is full of debris and damaged power lines. Supermarkets, cafes and houses on fire or damaged. The roof of a church has been damaged. Only one McDonald’s store seems to have survived.

All the houses nearby look deserted.

A silver car full of bullet holes, another partially crushed, and a burning van near many corpses. “These are the consequences of the Russian occupation,” said the mayor.

Busa and the nearby city of Irpin have experienced some of the fiercest fighting since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, when Russian troops tried to encircle Kyiv.

These two cities resisted, but the price was terribly high and most of the inhabitants escaped the relentless bombing and rocket attacks.

Still shocked

Ukrainian forces were able to fully penetrate the city a day or two ago, which was inaccessible for almost a month without any assistance.

They started their first deliveries of basic necessities yesterday Saturday, responding to the emergency, and the dead will remain unburied for a long time to come.

Ukrainian soldiers hand out food and medicine to residents from the back of a green military truck. A corpse is under a sheet, just a hundred meters away.

Residents of the city are “still very scared, still shocked,” said Yuri Biryukov, a member of Ukraine’s volunteer territorial defense team that oversees aid operations.

“Ordinary citizens can not even imagine the conditions they experienced that month, under artillery fire, without supplies, without a way out,” he added.

A resident showed the French Agency what he described as a grave, with a green wooden cross, in the back garden of a house, where four people were buried, including a child.

The people who stayed in the city are mostly elderly. A group of seniors is also concentrated in an outdoor kitchen, around a makeshift stove, next to a yellow Lada car with flat tires.

Russian soldiers say they raided the top-floor apartments of their Soviet-era building, stole items and asked an elderly woman if she had any weapons.

They added that they counted more than 70 Russian tanks moving out of the city on Tuesday leaving the city in the opposite direction from Kyiv. And the bombing stopped on Thursday.

“If peace prevails, everything will be fine,” 82-year-old Nadia Protopopova wants to believe.

Source: Zougla.gr by www.zougla.gr.

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