Police said more than 900 civilian bodies were found in the Kyiv region, many of which were “simply executed”.

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More than 900 civilian bodies were found in the surrounding area Ukrainian In the wake of the Russian withdrawal – police said on Friday that most of them were shot, in an indication that many people were “simply executed”.

The contradictory figures emerged shortly after the Russian Defense Ministry promised to step up missile attacks on Kyiv in response to the alleged Ukrainian aggression on Russian soil. This ominous warning followed the thunderbolt Major loss in Moscow in the Black Sea, which a senior US defense official said on Friday had already been hit by at least one Ukrainian missile.

Around Kyiv, Andrey Nepetov, the commander of the Kyiv Regional Police Force, said bodies were left on the streets or temporarily buried. He cited police data indicating that 95% died from gunshot wounds.

“As a result, we understand that under the (Russian) occupation, people were simply executed on the streets,” Nebitov said.

He added that more bodies are found every day under the rubble and in mass graves. He said the largest number of victims was found in Bucha, where there were more than 350.


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According to Nepetov, Bucha’s utility workers collected and buried the bodies in the Kyiv suburb while they remained under Russian control. He added that Russian forces were “going after” people who expressed strong pro-Ukrainian views.

More damage may be on the way to Kyiv after Russian authorities accused Ukraine of injuring seven people and damaging nearly 100 apartment buildings with air strikes in the Bryansk region bordering Ukraine. Authorities in another border region of Russia also reported Ukrainian shelling on Thursday.

“The number and scale of missile attacks on sites in Kyiv will be intensified in response to any terrorist attacks or diversions committed by the Kyiv nationalist regime,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

In Kyiv, the renewed bombardment could mean a return to the constant howl of the sirens heard during the early days of the war. Invade And scary nights sheltering in metro stations. The first signs of pre-war life resurfaced in the capital after Russian forces failed to take the city and retreated to focus on eastern Ukraine, leaving behind evidence of it. Possible war crimes.

Ukrainian officials have not confirmed that targets in Russia have been hit, and the reports cannot be independently verified.

However, Ukrainian officials said their forces had already hit a major Russian warship with missiles. More than a day after the Pentagon said it could not confirm the claim, a senior US defense official said it now believed Moskva was hit on Wednesday by at least one, and possibly two, missiles, causing a major fire on board. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an intelligence assessment.


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Then the guided-missile cruiser Moskva, named after the Russian capital, sank while being towed to port Thursday after suffering severe damage. Although Moscow did not acknowledge any attack, the loss of the ship represented an important victory for Ukraine and a symbolic defeat for Russia.

Moskva had the capacity to carry 16 long-range cruise missiles. The last time a large warship like the Moskva sank in combat was in 1982. A British submarine blew up an Argentine naval cruiser called ARA General Belgrano during the Falklands War, killing more than 300 sailors.

The sinking of the Russian warship reduced Russian firepower in the Black Sea, although military analysts disagree about the significance of the event in the course of the war. Either way, the loss was seen as a symbol of Moscow’s fortunes in a seven-week conquest, widely seen as historical error After the withdrawal from the Kyiv region and much of northern Ukraine.

“The main Russian warship is a worthy dive site. We have another diving spot in the Black Sea now. We will definitely visit the wreck after our victory in the war,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov wrote on Twitter on Friday.

In his evening address Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Ukrainians they should be proud that they survived 50 days under the Russian attack when “the invaders gave us five at most.”

Russia’s warning of renewed air strikes didn’t stop Kyiv residents from taking advantage of a sunny, slightly warm spring day as the weekend approaches. More than usual took to the streets on Friday, walking their dogs, riding electric scooters, and strolling hand in hand.

In a central park, a small group of people including a woman draped in a Ukrainian flag danced to the tunes of a portable speaker.

Residents reported hearing explosions in parts of Kyiv during the night, but it was not clear what were the targets.


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News about Moskva overshadowed Russian claims of advances in the southern port city of Mariupol, which had been besieged by Russian forces from the early days of the invasion. A dwindling number of Ukrainian defenders withstood the ensuing siege A horrific cost to besieged and starving civilians.

This week, the mayor of Mariupol said more than 10,000 civilians had been killed and the death toll could exceed 20,000. Other Ukrainian officials said they expected to find evidence in Mariupol of atrocities against civilians such as those committed Discover in Bucha and other cities outside Kyiv.

Mariupol city council said on Friday that local residents reported seeing Russian forces exhuming bodies buried in residential courtyards and did not allow a new burial of “people killed by them”.

“Why the bodies are being exhumed from the graves and where the bodies were taken is unknown,” the council said in the Telegram messaging app.

The capture of Mariupol would allow the Russian forces in the south, who came through the annexed Crimea, to fully liaise with the forces in the Donbass region, Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland and the target of the looming offensive.

Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian forces in Donbass since 2014, the same year Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine. Russia recognized the independence of two rebel-held regions of the region.

Although it is not certain when Russia will launch the large-scale campaign, a Ukrainian regional official said on Friday that seven people were killed and 27 wounded after Russian forces opened fire on buses carrying civilians in the village of Borovaya near the northeastern city of Kharkiv. The claim cannot be independently verified.


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Dmytro Chubenko, a spokesman for the regional prosecutor’s office, told the Ukrainian news website Suspilne that Ukrainian authorities had opened criminal proceedings for “a suspected violation of the laws and customs of war, as well as premeditated murder.”

A massive explosion also hit the eastern city of Kramatorsk, where a rocket attack on a train station a week ago killed more than 50 people as thousands were heeding warnings to evacuate the Donbass region awaiting departure.

Associated Press reporters in Kramatorsk heard the sound of a missile or missile and then the explosion, followed by the sound of sirens on Friday. It was not immediately clear who was injured or if there were any injuries. The day before, a factory in the same city was hit by an airstrike.

On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian strikes in the Kharkiv region “led to the liquidation of a 30-person group of mercenaries from a Polish private military company” and the “liberation” of an iron and steel plant in Mariupol. Claims cannot be independently verified.

On Thursday, the Defense Ministry clarified the damage to Moskva by saying that a fire caused an explosion of ammunition on board. In addition to cruise missiles, Moskva also carried other air defense missiles and cannons.

The ministry did not say what caused the fire, but said the crew, usually around 500, had left the ship. It was not clear if there were any injuries.

Maxim Marchenko, the governor of Ukraine’s Black Sea region of Odessa, said Ukrainian forces had hit Moskva with two Neptune missiles, causing “significant damage”. The Neptune is an anti-ship missile recently developed by Ukraine based on a former Soviet design.

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