Sergei Nikiforov claimed Russia tried to cover up its crimes by burning victims of their brutality and eliminating any evidence that could be used against them. Horrifying photographs have emerged showing bodies of civilians left on the streets as Ukrainian forces re-entered previously occupied areas. Volodymyr Zelensky’s aide reported mass graves have been unearthed and suggested some of the bodies found appeared to have been executed.
Speaking to BBC’ Sunday Morning, Mr Nikiforov said: “It’s hard to describe what we have found in the recently de-occupied territories like Boucha, Hostamel, Irpin.
“These images are heartbreaking, we found mass graves filled with civilians.
“We found people with their hands and their legs tied up.
“And with bullet holes at the back of their heads.”
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He continued: “So they were clearly civilians, and they were executed.
“We found burned bodies as if somebody tried to hide their crimes but they actually haven’t enough time to do it properly so these corpses are only half-burned.
“It’s only the first assessment of the situation, these images are really horrible.
“The whole Kyiv region is de-occupied, is free from Russian troops and our military are now clearing it up, searching for mines, searching for snipers and whatever the Russian troops could leave behind them.”
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