Situation in Bucha, Ukraine: "Worse Than Hell"

Human Rights Watch researchers who worked in Bucha from April 4 to 11, days after Russian forces withdrew from the area, found extensive evidence of summary executions, other unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, and torture, all of which would constitute war crimes, and potential crimes against humanity.

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My name is Richard Weir, and I am a Crisis and Conflict division researcher with Human Rights Watch.

 

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I am here in the Ukrainian city of Bucha

where we are documenting violations of the laws of war, and apparent war crimes perpetrated by Russian forces.

 

 

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They recently left the city

and in the days that followed we’ve been here

 

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combing through the evidence,

talking to witnesses and victims about what happened here.

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The streets of Bucha are littered with evidence of violations and apparent war crimes.

 

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Civilians have been killed on street after street.

 

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There’s been cases of torture, of disappearances and other violations.

And it seems like around every corner there’s more.

 

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One resident described to us the situation as “worse than hell.”

 

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We’re here documenting these violations,

 

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trying to make sure that those that are responsible are held to account.

 

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Russian forces occupied Bucha from March 5 to 31, 2022.

 

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A Bucha official said that 278 bodies, mostly civilians, were found from the time of the occupation until April 15.

 

To learn more about what happened in Bucha, go to

www.hrw.org