A report on Bucha massacre

Photo of civilians shot with wrists tied behind backs in Bucha.
Photo of civilians shot in Bucha, one with wrists tied.
A dead person inside a destroyed car in Bucha, 2 April 2022
Azatbek Omurbekov, one of the main suspects behind the Bucha massacre
Executed people with wrists bound in plastic restraints, in a basement in Bucha, 3 April 2022
Exhumation of victims of a Bucha mass grave
A Ukrainian woman killed in Bucha, April 2022
The European Parliament observes a minute of silence for the victims of the Ukraine war, with the Bucha Massacre specifically mentioned, 4 April 2022
European Union President Ursula von der Leyen and other EU and Ukrainian officials visit Bucha after the massacre, 8 April 2022.
Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that Russian troops were responsible for the massacre of civilians in Bucha
A shirt with a Z-shaped symbol that reads "I'm not ashamed" (#мненестыдно).

The killing and abuse of Ukrainian civilians by Russian Armed Forces during the fight for and occupation of the Ukrainian city of Bucha amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

- Bucha massacre
Photo of civilians shot with wrists tied behind backs in Bucha.

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Protesters in Independence Square in Kyiv during the Orange Revolution, November 2004

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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On 24 February 2022, in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014.

On 24 February 2022, in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014.

Protesters in Independence Square in Kyiv during the Orange Revolution, November 2004
Russian missile attack on public shopping mall in Kremenchuk was called a "war crime" by Emmanuel Macron of France on 28 June 2022.
Ukraine, with the annexed Crimea at bottom and two self-proclaimed separatist republics in Donbas at right
Russian Aerospace Forces helicopters in a field during the invasion, March 2022
US paratroopers of 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment depart Italy's Aviano Air Base for Latvia, 23 February 2022. Thousands of US troops were deployed to Eastern Europe amid Russia's military build-up.
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Countries sending military aid to Ukraine during the 2022 invasion
On 10 January 2022, Ukrainian deputy prime minister Olha Stefanishyna and NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg spoke to media about the prospect of a Russian invasion.
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Countries sending any aid, including humanitarian aid, to Ukraine
Vladimir Putin (right) and his long-time confidant Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Anti-war protest in Helsinki 2022
Military control around Kyiv on 2 April 2022
2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine Phase 1 from 24 February to 7 April 2022
A destroyed Russian BMP-3 near Mariupol, 7 March
Russian bombardment on the outskirts of Kharkiv, 1 March
2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine Phase 2 from 7 April to 10 June 2022
Military control around Donbas as of 31 May 2022
Russian Black Sea flagship Moskva sunk on 14 April 2022, reportedly after being hit by two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles
Civilians in Kyiv preparing Molotov cocktails, 26 February 2022
Refugees crossing into Poland, March 2022
Ukrainian refugees in Kraków protest against the war, 6 March 2022
Putin met with the President of the African Union, Macky Sall, to discuss grain deliveries from Russia and Ukraine to Africa, 3 June 2022
UN General Assembly Resolution ES-11/1 vote on 2 March 2022 condemning the invasion of Ukraine and demanding a complete withdrawal of Russian troops.
Protest by Russians living in the Czech Republic, 26 March 2022. The white-blue-white flag is a symbol of anti-war protests in Russia.
Russian state-controlled media systematically downplays both civilian and military losses, and denounces reports of attacks on civilians as "fake" or blames Ukrainian forces.
Putin and Konstantin Ernst, chief of Russia's main state-controlled TV station Channel One.
Executed people with wrists bound in plastic restraints, in a basement in Bucha
A children's hospital in Mariupol after Russian airstrike

Ukraine said it had recaptured the entire region around Kyiv, including Irpin, Bucha, and Hostomel, and uncovered evidence of war crimes in Bucha.

Bucha, Kyiv Oblast

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City in Ukraine's Kyiv Oblast.

City in Ukraine's Kyiv Oblast.

Destroyed Russian column on Vokzalna Street of Bucha.
Church of Andrew the Apostle
Shtamm's Country House Ruins in Bucha
Bucha railway station
Bulgakov monument
City stadium "Yuvileinyi"
Afghanistan war memorial

These war crimes have been collectively labeled the Bucha massacre.

Bodies of civilians shot by Russian soldiers, lie on a street in Bucha. The hands of one of them are tied behind their back. 3 April 2022

War crimes in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian authorities and armed forces have committed war crimes by carrying out both deliberate attacks against civilian targets and indiscriminate attacks in densely populated areas.

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian authorities and armed forces have committed war crimes by carrying out both deliberate attacks against civilian targets and indiscriminate attacks in densely populated areas.

Bodies of civilians shot by Russian soldiers, lie on a street in Bucha. The hands of one of them are tied behind their back. 3 April 2022
Bodies of civilians shot by Russian soldiers, lie on a street in Bucha. The hands of one of them are tied behind their back. 3 April 2022
Body of a child killed in a Russian missile attack on the city centre of Vinnytsia
Shelled residential buildings in Kharkiv Oblast
Mariupol theatre airstrike conducted by the Russian Armed Forces on 16 March 2022
Photo distributed by the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs showing a Ukrainian civilian killed during the Russian bombing of Chernihiv
Kramatorsk railway bombing in April 2022
Ukrainian civilians killed by Russian shelling in Mariupol.
Residential building in the center of Kharkiv destroyed by a Russian missile strike
Residential building in Kyiv after being hit by a missile, 26 February 2022.
Shopping center in Kremenchuk after the shelling on 27 June
Emergency servicemen carry a dead body found under rubble in Malyn city, Zhytomyr Oblast, after a Russian airstrike on 8 March
Photo distributed by the Ukrainian government showing bodies in the Bucha area in April 2022
Captured Russian soldiers during the Battle of Sumy.

After Ukrainian forces recaptured the town of Bucha, evidence emerged of a massacre perpetrated by Russian troops, including torture and the deliberate killings of civilians.

Battle of Bucha

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Part of the Kyiv offensive in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine for control of the city of Bucha.

Part of the Kyiv offensive in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine for control of the city of Bucha.

Destroyed Russian column on Vokzalna Street of Bucha.
An industrial building in Chaiky village near Bucha, which held spray foam is hit by a Russian missile.
Exhumation of bodies from the mass grave near a church in Bucha, 8 April 2022.
Ukrainian police enter Bucha on 2 April

After Russian forces withdrew from Bucha, reports of uncovered atrocities by the Russian military attracted international attention.

United Nations Human Rights Council

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United Nations body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world.

United Nations body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world.

The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room is the meeting room of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations in Geneva.
Protest at UN against China's re-election in the Human Rights Council
Saudi Arabian-led airstrikes in Yemen, June 2015. Saudi Arabia is operating without a UN mandate.

On 7 April 2022, just days after photographic and video material of the Bucha massacre emerged, the eleventh emergency special session of the General Assembly suspended Russia from the council due to the gross and systematic violations of human rights committed during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Logo of Wagner Group

Wagner Group

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Russian paramilitary organization.

Russian paramilitary organization.

Logo of Wagner Group
Rusich unit founders Alexei Milchakov and Yan Petrovsky, giving American white supremacist Jared Taylor a Kolovrat Rusich badge, in March 2015
Alleged fighter of the Wagner Group captured in March 2022 in Ukraine
Delivery of Russian BRDM-2 armored vehicles to Central African Republic, October 2020
Russian mercenaries provide security for convoy with president of the Central African Republic
Monument for Russian mercenaries in Bangui
Alleged pilot belonging to the Wagner Group shot down and captured in 2022 in Ukraine

On 7 April, it was reported that Wagner Group PMCs played a leading role in the Bucha massacre of civilians, according to Germany's Federal Intelligence Service.

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Azatbek Omurbekov

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The dead civilians in a massacre in Bucha, committed by Omurbekov's men.

Azatbek Asanbekovich Omurbekov (Азатбек Асанбекович Омурбеков, Азатбек Асанбекович Өмүрбеков; born c. 1982) is a Kyrgyz-born Russian colonel who reportedly heads the 64th Separate Motor Rifle Brigade, a unit suspected of committing war crimes in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

Sleeve patch of the brigade

64th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade

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Motorized infantry brigade of the Russian Ground Forces.

Motorized infantry brigade of the Russian Ground Forces.

Sleeve patch of the brigade

The brigade was among the units that perpetrated the Bucha massacre during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

A Russian soldier walking over the mass grave of Chechens in Komsomolskoye, 2001

Russian war crimes

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Russian war crimes are the violations of the law of war, including the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 and the Geneva Conventions, consisting of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crime of genocide of which the official armed and paramilitary forces of the Russian Federation are accused of committing since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Russian war crimes are the violations of the law of war, including the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 and the Geneva Conventions, consisting of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crime of genocide of which the official armed and paramilitary forces of the Russian Federation are accused of committing since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

A Russian soldier walking over the mass grave of Chechens in Komsomolskoye, 2001
A mass grave in Chechnya
A building damaged during the war in Grozny
A Chechen woman with a wounded child
Nearly-intact Russian missile booster in the bedroom of a Gori house, an example of a possible indiscriminate attack in civilian areas
Damaged building in Kurakhove, 26 November 2014
A mural of Ukrainian soldiers and police officers who died "defending Ukrainian unity" in Kyiv
Dead civilians after the Kramatorsk railway station attack
Civilians killed in Bucha, April 2022
Russian aircraft drop firebombs in northern Aleppo in June 2016.
In 2019, former FSB employee Igor Strelkov was indicted by Dutch prosecutors for murder
International Criminal Court building in The Hague
Ukrainian civilian killed during the Russian bombing of Chernihiv
Victim of a Russian attack on Mariupol
Russian bombardment on the outskirts of Kharkiv
Destruction by Russian attack of village of Yakovlivka in Kharkiv
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has ruled Russia since 2000, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu are both accused of war crimes

The event triggered an international response as it was widely covered by journalists as the Bucha massacre.

Fedoruk in 2014

Anatoliy Fedoruk

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Ukrainian politician serving as mayor of Bucha, Kyiv Region, Ukraine since 7 April 1998.

Ukrainian politician serving as mayor of Bucha, Kyiv Region, Ukraine since 7 April 1998.

Fedoruk in 2014

Anatoly Fedoruk attracted international attention in the aftermath of the Battle of Bucha that lasted from 27 February 2022 to 31 March 2022, during which time the Bucha massacre occurred.