Zelenskyy: Russia embraces violence and hatred as its ideology – Over 100 identified Russians involved in looting and killing in Bucha

Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Bucha, March 31
Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Bucha, March 31

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denounced Russia’s adoption of violence and hatred as its ideology during a speech in Bucha commemorating the second anniversary of Kyiv Oblast’s liberation from Russian occupation, as police reported the identification of over 100 individuals involved in the killing of civilians.

"Russia first destroyed its morality and made violence and hatred its ideology," Zelenskyy said in his speech.

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The President said that Ukrainians killed by occupiers, whose bodies were lying on the streets of Bucha, "were evidence that no one in the world should stay away from this battle."

"When our soldiers drove Russia out of Bucha, Irpin, Borodianka, the entire Kyiv Oblast, and then Sumy and Chernihiv oblasts, everyone could see that these were victories not only of Ukrainian courage and weapons, but also of human morality," Zelenskyy stated.

"Ukrainians then began to restore normal life wherever Russia had brought death and abuse, looting and sadism. ... Humanity is fighting here, in Ukraine, defending our people, our lives, our state, and humanity wins."

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In addition, he said that Russia's war against Ukraine has global significance, as it is not only for Ukraine's right to exist, but also "for the right to live for every person," dignity for Ukrainian people and every nation that seeks its own destiny, and for "no one dare to become a bloodthirsty beast against others."

Identification of Bucha butchers: what is known

National Police reported that they had identified more than 100 Russian occupiers who committed war crimes in Bucha, Kyiv Oblast, during occupation of the city on March 31.

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These included abductions, torture, rape, looting, and murder of civilians, including children.

Investigation of 358 bodies found in the city is ongoing, 16 of which remain unidentified.

"This crimes were not something unforeseen, but they were result of specific orders and instructions that were communicated by the command to the personnel," said Ivan Dulkay, senior investigator of National Police for especially important cases.

"We see a clear connection between those commands from heads of Russian armed forces and the large number of people killed in the city."

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Law enforcement officers also identified more than 1,000 Russian servicemen who occupied Bucha as part of the aggressor country's army unit. Ukrainian police officers have lists of Russian troops, information about close relatives, weapons and equipment, places of residence of the occupiers, etc.

Bucha, Kyiv Oblast, was under Russian occupation for 28 days. Armed Forces liberated the town on March 31, 2022. Bucha became first large-scale evidence of the occupiers' brutal atrocities that shocked the whole world.

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