Eyewitness accounts from residents of Borodyanka suggest that low-flying Russian warplanes fired missiles at residential high-rises, Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi said on April 6.
Russian troops on the ground in Borodyanka also shot at those who tried to rescue civilians, trapped beneath the rubble.
According to Monastyrskyi, Borodyanka is among the towns in Kyiv oblast that have been the most devastated by the war. Ten high-rise apartment building were completely destroyed by the Russians. It takes a week to clear the rubble from one of them, the minister said.
Emergency services started their work a month ago – after the buildings were destroyed – but the invading troops fired at them. Clearing of the rubble began only a week later, said the minister.
“People trapped beneath the rubble could have been saved; … but the emergency workers were fired at, they couldn’t access the site,” said Monastyrskyi.
“We understand that there can be no one left alive here (beneath the debris) now.”
On April 6, Kyiv Oblast’s humanitarian affairs chief, Oleksiy Kuleba, said that Russian occupying troops had killed hundreds of civilians in Borodyanka. Ukrainian officials warn that casualties in Borodyanka could exceed those of the Bucha massacre, where Ukraine believes more than 320 civilians were murdered by Russian troops.