The Russian retreat from the Kyiv suburbs is leaving Ukrainians with the horrific acknowledgement of what looks like a series of war crimes similar to the ones discovered in Bujah.
Ewa Ernst-Dziedzic, member of the parliament and spokesperson for foreign policy, migration, human rights and LGBTIQ+ for the Austrian Green party, is working on the matter and is in touch with David Pichler in Ukraine.
David is still in Kyiv Oblast, busy roaming around the Kyiv remote areas, assisting a team of Yurash Sviatoslav, the youngest member of the Ukrainian parliament, by shooting photos and videos.
We’re not into shocking our viewers, so we decided not to show corpses, as we are still trying to find a way to tell their stories in dignity and respect, especially with regard to the bereaved.
In a statement on her Meta page, Ewa Ersnt-Dziedzic appeals for a swift end of the war in order to protect human lives while advocating the tightening of sanctions against the Russian Federation.
The intervention on social media retraces last week’s very fierce fights in the suburbs of Kyiv and that came to an end this weekend. However, she goes on: ‘The images of Russian war crimes and destruction of villages around Kyiv leave us speechless and is hard to describe with words. In the town of Bucha, just under 40 kilometers northwest of the capital, over 300 residents were discovered dead. This was also confirmed by the local mayor Anatoly Fedoruk. Journalists report numerous corpses lying in the streets, hands and feet of several corpses partially emerging from shallow open graves near a church. I don't want to share the pictures of the corpses, but one thing is clear: this is what a massacre looks like in its worst form.’
The liberated areas in Kyiv Oblast will now need prospects for peace and an incredible amount of humanitarian aid – quickly and effectively. ‘The locals will have to cope with their trauma’, she continues, ‘and must be able to rely on us in the rest of the world to call the crimes by their names and the EU to do everything possible to clarify them and bring those responsible to justice. The fact is, this unrestrained violence is wiping out innocent families and knows no boundaries. It cannot be justified by anything and demands clear answers.’
Outside Ukraine, the struggle continues. In Luxembourg for instance, where I am spending this week, I visited and supported LUkraine during their last weekly demonstrations in front of the Embassy of the Russian Federation and on the iconic Clairefontaine Square. I also met up with Christophe Mendes, a fellow photographer and animal lover who will be back on the Ukraine/Poland border in a few days in order to assist with the evacuation of abandoned and/or wounded pets.
All photos in this post were shot by David Pichler except for the photo of Ewa Ersnt-Dziedzic taken from here Meta account and shot by Martin Juen and the pics in the end are mine.
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