The Bucha tragedy, or genocide in Bucha, is the mass murder of Ukrainian civilians in Bucha, Kyiv Oblast, accompanied by abductions, torture, rape, including of children, and looting. The crimes were committed by the Russian Armed Forces during the Russian-Ukrainian war during the Russian invasion in March 2022.
More than 420 residents of the city were killed, Ukrainian authorities called it the genocide of Ukrainians and appealed to the International Criminal Court to investigate the events. The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov stated that the number of people killed by Russian troops in Bucha is greater than in Vukovar. Russian authorities have denied any offenses, calling the evidence of the killings a provocation or staging. These statements were refuted by international media, including Bellingcat, Deutsche Welle, The Economist, the BBC, and The New York Times.
During the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, part of the Russian military crossed the southern borders of Belarus. One of the first steps was a march to Kyiv, the country's capital, which was interpreted by many as a blow to the head and, along with a huge convoy of military equipment, the Russian military advanced into Ukraine north of Kyiv.
In March 2022, Russian advanced forces captured the city of Bucha, which precedes Kyiv.
In late March, before the Russians withdrew from Bucha, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova said that Ukrainian prosecutors had gathered evidence of 2,500 suspects in war crimes during the Russian invasion of 2022 and identified "several hundred suspects." attacks by Ukrainian troops were redeployed north of the Kiev region. Ukrainian troops entered the city on April 1.
On April 2, 2022, the first videos of what was left after the withdrawal of Russian troops were published, showing the mass killings of civilians. After the withdrawal of Russian troops from Bucha in late March, there was evidence of numerous atrocities committed by Russians during the occupation of the city. 18 mutilated bodies of murdered men, women and children were found in the basement. Examination of the bodies revealed traces of torture; cut off ears and whirlpool