Every third member of the 155th Marine Brigade of Russia’s Pacific Fleet – who spent weeks subjugating and occupying Bucha, near Kyiv – had previously fought in Syria, propping up the regime of dictator Bashar al-Assad, investigative journalists of Slidstvo.Info reported on April 5.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, this Russian unit occupied the Kyiv suburbs of Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, where they brutally slaughtered civilians.
After combing over the registers of the 155th Pacific Marine Brigade, published earlier by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, Slidstvo.Info discovered that at least 24 marines – about one third of the brigade – were involved in propping up the Syrian dictator’s rule.
The rest of the brigade is apparently too young to have been deployed to Syria, since a lot of them were born in 1998-2002, according to Slidstvo.Info.
It’s worth noting that these 20-something Russian marines are currently flaunting their apparent war crimes in Bucha on social media, threatening Ukrainians with their return and a repeat of their horrific acts.
The latest reports released by the Ukrainian government suggest that Russian invaders have killed at least 340 civilians during their weeks-long occupation of the town.
According to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova, the bodies of at least 410 civilians, murdered by Russians, have been extracted from the cities and towns of Kyiv Oblast.