Putin's invasion plans included summary executions, says UK intelligence chief

4 April, 12:35 PM
According to British intelligence, Putin's plans for the invasion included executions (Photo:REUTERS/Stringer)

According to British intelligence, Putin's plans for the invasion included executions (Photo:REUTERS/Stringer)

Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion plans included summary executions by his military and intelligence services, Richard Moore, the chief of the UK Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), tweeted on April 3.

"We knew Putin's invasion plans included summary executions by his military and intelligence services," he tweeted.

"The reports of execution-style killings of civilians emerging from liberated areas are horrifying and chilling."

On April 2, 2022, Anatoliy Fedoruk, the mayor of the town of Bucha in Kyiv Oblast, announced that the Ukrainian military had found the bodies of 280 residents in mass graves after the town was liberated from Russian invaders.

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He added that the streets were "littered with bodies."

Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to the chief-of-staff of the Office of the President of Ukraine, posted on Twitter the footage of the bodies of men and women who had been killed with their hands tied.

According to other photos posted on social networks, civilians were also tortured and killed in the town of Irpin and along the Zhytomyr highway.

The Ukrainian military liberated Bucha from Russian occupation on March 31.

On April 2, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar announced that all settlements in Kyiv Oblast had been liberated from invading Russian forces.

However, she said that it was not yet possible to return to the region: The Ukrainian military was clearing the area of mines, as well as inspecting shelters and basements.

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