On Friday, Amnesty International released a 40-page report into alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Among other things, “illegal airstrikes on Borodyanka” and “extrajudicial executions” in Bucha and other towns and villages around the capital Kyiv were documented, Amnesty said. The human rights organization documented 22 cases of unlawful killings by Russian forces.
During a 12-day investigation on the ground in Ukraine, Amnesty officials interviewed 45 people who “directly witnessed” the killings or “knew about them firsthand.” In addition, Amnesty spoke to 39 people who “experienced first-hand” or “had first-hand experience” of air raids on residential buildings that violate international law.
The cities of Borodyanka and Bucha have become synonymous with alleged war crimes by Russian forces in Ukraine. The Ukrainian leadership and Western states accuse Russia, among other things, of having committed massacres of civilians there. Moscow denies any responsibility for the killings.