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Bodies Of Over 900 Ukrainian Civilians Found In Kyiv After Russia Withdrawal

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Bodies of more than 900 Ukrainian civilians have been found in Kyiv since Russia ‘s withdrawal, according to police.

Andriy Nebytov, the head of Kyiv’s regional police force, said today the bodies were left on the streets or given temporary burials.

He said that data indicates 95% died from gunshot wounds.

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“Consequently, we understand that under the (Russian) occupation, people were simply executed in the streets,” Mr Nebytov said.

More bodies are being found every day, under rubble and in mass graves, he added.

“The most victims were found in Bucha, where there are more than 350 corpses,” he said.

It comes after Moscow troops’ attacks on civilians in Ukraine were officially declared war crimes in a devastating international report ordered by 45 countries.

Vladimir Putin ‘s forces’ attack that killed 300 people sheltering in the Mariupol Theatre was “most likely… an egregious violation” of humanitarian law and “those who ordered or executed it committed a war crime”, the report said.

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It also dismissed Russia ‘s claims that its attack on a maternity hospital in Mariupol last month was “fake news”, saying the attack “must have been deliberate”.

It added: “This attack therefore constitutes a clear violation of international humanitarian law and those responsible for it have committed a war crime”.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation and Europe (OSCE) interim report ran to nearly 100 pages and said Russian forces have intentionally targeted healthcare sites.

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The report only covers the conflict up to April 1, which means atrocities uncovered as Russian forces pulled back from Kyiv in recent weeks have not yet been fully analyse.

Grim evidence of the killing of civilians in Bucha shocked the world, as well as the recent rocket attack on a train station in Kramatorsk where people were trying to flee.

There were “several credible reports” of Russian forces “arresting civilians, including journalists, without any procedure, and ill-treating them by methods that amount to torture. This constitutes a war crime,” the report said.

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The report noted there have been “allegations of rapes, including gang rapes, committed by Russian soldiers in many other regions in Ukraine “.

And it said: “Russia is failing to agree to evacuations or is violating such agreements through attacks on those trying to leave.

“Intentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival… constitutes a war crime.”

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