Russian soldier found guilty in absentia of abusing civilians evacuating from Kyiv Oblast
The Russian military taunted civilians as they tried to evacuate (Photo:Офіс генпрокурора/Telegram)
A Russian soldier was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison for abusing civilians in Kyiv Oblast while they were evacuating, the Office of the Prosecutor General reported on Telegram on March 30.
The soldier was found guilty of violating the laws and customs of war (Part 1 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
During the Russian occupation of settlements near Kyiv in early March 2022, he committed unlawful acts against civilians, prosecutors proved.
It happened near the village of Buzova on the Zhytomyr highway in Bucha District of Kyiv Oblast.
The invader stopped a car with civilians that was part of an evacuation convoy. He was drunk and threatened the people in the car with a firearm.
The Russian soldier ordered a married couple to get out of the car and forced the man to take off his clothes above the waist. The invader hit the victim in the head with a rifle butt and threatened to shoot him.
After the Russian invading forces fled the Kyiv Oblast at the end of March 2022, the world saw evidence of Russian army atrocities, which resulted in hundreds of people being murdered. In Bucha, Irpin, and along the Zhytomyr highway the bodies of civilians tortured and killed by Russians were found by liberating Ukrainian forces.
The Ukrainian government declared on April 14, 2022, the actions of the Russian army to be genocide of the Ukrainian people.
As of September, 422 bodies of murdered civilians had been found in Bucha after the town had been liberated. In total, over 1,300 dead civilian victims were found in Kyiv Oblast, the region’s police have reported.
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