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Putin pays tribute to unit accused of leading genocide in Bucha


Russian President Vladimir Putin has paid special honor to the military unit accused of massacring hundreds of civilians in the kyiv suburb of Bucha.

In a decree posted on the Kremlin’s website, Putin praised the 64th Motorized Infantry Brigade for “mass heroism and bravery, tenacity and courage” in “defending the fatherland”.

He officially conferred on the unit the honorary title of “Guards”, a popular designation for distinguished units, the decree said.

The same unit had previously been identified by Ukrainian officials as responsible for the massacre of civilians that President Volodymyr Zelensky called “genocide”, noted Ukraine’s national news service, Ukrinform.

Activists said the death squad was led by Lt. Col. Azatbek Omurbekov, a decorated leader who was blessed by an Orthodox priest before the war – and was widely dubbed “Bucha’s butcher”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the unit accused of killing hundreds of civilians in Bucha a high military honor.
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Putin pays tribute to unit accused of leading genocide in Bucha
More than 1,200 bodies were found on the streets of the Kyiv region.
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Putin pays tribute to unit accused of leading genocide in Bucha
Ukrainians wait for food distributed by the Red Cross in Bucha.
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Putin pays tribute to unit accused of leading genocide in Bucha
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Russia’s actions in Bucha “genocide”.
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Putin pays tribute to unit accused of leading genocide in Bucha
Hundreds of tortured and killed civilians were found in Bucha and other parts of the Kyiv region after the withdrawal of the Russian army from these areas.
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On Tuesday, more than 1,200 bodies were found littered in streets and mass graves across the Kyiv region, The Kyiv Independent said. There were also numerous reports of sexual assaults on girls as young as 13 during the troop occupation in the area.

“Russia continues to laugh in the face of the world” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak tweeted of the decree on Monday.

“Putin awarded the honorary title of ‘guard’ ‘for heroism and courage’ to the brigade stationed in Bucha. For killing children and raping women, you mean?” he asked.

Despite overwhelming evidence, the Kremlin has repeatedly denied killing civilians during its so-called special military operation.




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