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The worst factor I’ve seen since arriving in Kyiv almost a month in the past must be the physique of a person we had been proven in a backyard in Borodianka, northwest of Kyiv.
We had been led to the positioning by the proprietor of the home, who had fled city within the first few days of warfare. She returned because the invading troops withdrew, solely to seek out her dwelling had been ransacked by Russian troopers.
Behind her backyard shed, she confirmed us a person, with a bag over his head, his arms tied behind his again and his trousers pulled down, exposing his underwear and closely bruised leg.
He had a gunshot wound to the pinnacle, and a single bullet case was nonetheless mendacity subsequent to his physique.
He appeared to have been tortured and executed by Russian troopers, though we have no idea for positive what occurred to him.
By this time, we had already seen the now notorious mass grave in Bucha, however the picture of that man has caught with me – I discover the person extra relatable than the collective. It’s simpler to compartmentalize, to dissociate a bunch from the humanity they had been robbed of.
Some context: Borodianka was dwelling to 13,000 folks earlier than the warfare, however most fled after Russia’s invasion. What was left of the city, after intense shelling and devastating airstrikes, was then occupied by Russian forces, which moved in on Feb. 28. The city got here again into Ukrainian management on April 1.
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