Ukraine Names 10 Russian Soldiers Suspected of Human Rights Abuses in Bucha

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova on April 28 identified 10 Russian soldiers suspected of being involved in human rights abuses in the town of Bucha.

In a Facebook post, Venediktova released the names and photos of 10 soldiers who were allegedly “involved in the torture of peaceful people” during the month-long occupation of Bucha, northwest of capital Kyiv.

The soldiers were privates Grigory Naryshkin, Vasily Knyazev, Sergei Peskaryov, and Albert Radnayev; corporals Semyon Maltsev, Mikhail Kashin, Andrei Bizyayev, and Dmitry Sergienko; Junior Sergeant Vyacheslav Lavrentyev; and Sergeant Nikita Akimov.

Venediktova said that the soldiers were part of the 64th Motor Rifle Brigade, a unit based in the Khabarovsk region in the far east of Russia.

“During the occupation of Bucha, they captured unarmed civilians hostage, killed them with hunger and thirst, held them on their knees with tied hands and closed eyes,” Venediktova said.

Venediktova also said that her office has evidence that the soldiers “robbed locals, taking personal belongings and ‘trophy’ household appliances.”

Additionally, Ukrainian prosecutors and police are investigating if any of the soldiers were also involved in homicides, Venediktova said.

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