During their weeks-long occupation of the town of Borodyanka near Kyiv, the Russian invaders prevented locals from rescuing people who had trapped beneath the rubble of destroyed buildings, the town’s acting mayor Georgiy Yerko said on April 5.
Borodyanka was one of the first towns to be targeted by Russian airstrikes; Russians were dropping “dumb bombs” on nine-story apartment buildings, Yerko recalled.
Many of those who had been sheltering in basements from the Russian air raids ended up trapped there, beneath the rubble of the buildings above, after they’d collapsed. According to Yerko, Russians would then open fire on anyone who would approach these ruins and attempt to rescue people from under the debris.
“We implored them, even in writing, (but) they did not let us dig anyone out (of the rubble),” said Yerko.
The acting mayor added that the invaders did not permit any humanitarian corridors to be established to or from Borodyanka, preventing the evacuation of civilians.
On April 2, Deputy Defense Minister Hannah Malyar said that the entire Kyiv oblast is free from Russian troops.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, Iryna Venediktova, said that Borodyanka has the highest death toll of civilians killed by the Russians, and has said the situation there was worse than in Bucha, where the Russians carried out a genocide against Ukrainian citizens.