Tuesday, August 2, 2022

‘The Butcher of Bukha’ Named for Russian Soldier

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Ukrainian militants claim to have identified the “Butcher of Butcha,” the decorated Russian commander who led the force that slashed horrific swaths of the town north of Kyiv.

He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel Azatek Omurbekov, commander of the 64th Independent Motorized Infantry Brigade of Russia.

Colonel Omurbekov, believed to be in his 40s, was first identified by the Ukrainian volunteer group InformNapalm, which oversees Russia’s military and special forces.

He was a decorated soldier who was blessed by an Orthodox priest in November before being sent to Ukraine, according to the British newspaper The Guardian. era newspaper.

“History shows that most of our battles are fought with our souls,” Colonel Omurbekov reportedly said after the ceremony led by Bishop Khabarovsk.

“Weapons are not the most important thing. Churches are places where we can take communion and prepare for upcoming events,” he said, according to era.

“With the blessing of the Almighty, we hope to achieve the same achievements as our ancestors.”

The Ukrainian group InformNapalm also shared the home address and personal details of Colonel Omurbekov, describing him as the “military villain” behind the massacre in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, where Russian troops found hundreds of bodies scattered in the streets or in mass graves. Left last week.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held back tears during a visit to Butcha on Monday. He accused Russia of horrific atrocities in Ukraine and told the UN Security Council overnight that those responsible should be immediately prosecuted on war crimes charges in a court set up in Nuremberg after World War II.

Ukrainian President addresses UN Security Council

Mr Zelensky, who appeared on video from Ukraine on Tuesday, said civilians were tortured, shot in the back of the head, thrown down a well, blown up by a grenade in an apartment and crushed to death by a tank in a car.

“They severed their limbs, severed their throats. Women were raped and killed in front of their children. Their tongues were pulled out just because their aggressors didn’t hear what they wanted to hear from them,” he said.

Horrific images of what appears to be a massacre of civilians by Russian troops in Bukha have sparked a global outcry in recent days and have led the West to expel dozens of diplomats from Moscow and propose further sanctions, including bans from Russia imports coal.

Reports of similar atrocities began on Wednesday in Borodianka, a town east of Kyiv. 13,000 people lived here before the war, but most fled after the Russian invasion. After intense shelling and devastating airstrikes, the rest of the town was subsequently occupied by Russian troops, which entered on 28 February.

“We’re collecting people shot by the Russians. Civilians tortured. We’ve been working for two days,” Hennadiy Avramenko, 45, told CNN.

“Psychologically, it was difficult. The worst thing was that we didn’t find soldiers, only innocent people.

“They were shot for no reason.”

There are fears that the death toll in towns around Kyiv will climb as more people are revealed in the coming days.

Those who carried out the killings and gave orders “must be brought to justice immediately for war crimes”, before a court similar to that used in postwar Germany, Mr Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry also printed a list of suspected members of Russian death squads, vowing that “all war criminals will be prosecuted for crimes committed against Ukrainian civilians.”

Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov described the actions of the Russian army in Bukha as “completely inhuman” and compared it to the Nazis.

“This is what the SS used to do,” he said. “This evil simply cannot go unpunished.”

Under international law, military commanders are responsible for war crimes committed by their forces.

Moscow continues to deny any war crimes. Its ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, said that while Boucha was under Russian control, “none of the locals … suffered any acts of violence”.

He said the footage of the bodies on the street was a “crude fake” staged by Ukrainians.

“You only see what they show you,” he said.

“The only people who will fall for it are Western amateurs.”

Associated Press reporters in Boucha counted dozens of plainclothes bodies and interviewed Ukrainians who had witnessed the atrocities. In addition, high-resolution satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies showed that many of the bodies had been lying in the open for weeks while Russian troops were stationed in the town.

A month ago, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague launched an investigation into possible war crimes committed by Ukraine.

Despite upbeat signals from Ukrainian and Russian representatives following the latest round of talks a week ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow would not accept Ukraine’s offer on a future peace deal including an immediate troop withdrawal and A request for a referendum followed in Ukraine. protocol.

Mr Zelensky told the council that Russian troops had “committed no crimes” in Bukha. He likened their actions to that of the Islamic State group.

“The Russian military searched and deliberately killed anyone who served our country. When they tried to call someone alive, they shot women outside the house. They killed entire families, adults and children, and tried to Burn the bodies,” he said.

He said they used tanks to run over civilians “just for their fun”.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Butcha’s photos revealed “not random actions by rogue units” but “deliberate killings, torture, rapes, and atrocities.”

He said reports of atrocities were “very credible”.

The United States will coordinate with the Today Nationpean Union and the Group of Seven nations to impose more sanctions on Russia on Wednesday, including a ban on all new investments in the country, a senior administration official said.

But Western countries are divided on how far to go. While some have called for a boycott of Russian oil and gas, Germany and others fear the move could plunge the continent into a serious economic crisis.

– with AAP

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