If there was any doubt about Vladimir Putin’s war crimes before, they have now been fully vanquished.
The invading Russian army has taken plenty of liberty with the rules of engagement in Ukraine, and have done so proportionally to the lack of success that they’ve been having. For every stalled advance and mass desertion, the tactics being employed by the Kremlin’s cretins has turned more immoral and evil.
The latest evidence of their unholy atrocities comes to us from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, where Ukraine is now accusing Russia of a massacre of innocent civilians.
Bodies with bound hands, close-range gunshot wounds and signs of torture lay scattered in a city on the outskirts of Kyiv after Russian soldiers withdrew from the area. Ukrainian authorities accused the departing forces on Sunday of committing war crimes and leaving behind a “scene from a horror movie.”
As images of the bodies emerged from Bucha, European leaders condemned the atrocities and called for tougher sanctions against Moscow. In a sign of how the horrific reports shook many leaders, Germany’s defense minister even suggested that the European Union consider banning Russian gas imports.
The scale of the war crimes was unprecedented thus far in the conflict.
Ukrainian officials said the bodies of 410 civilians were found in Kyiv-area towns that were recently retaken from Russian forces.
And it gets worse.
Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, described bodies lying in suburban streets as a “scene from a horror movie.” He claimed some of the women had been raped before being killed and the Russians then burned the bodies.
In a video address, Zelenskyy said Russian soldiers who killed and tortured civilians were responsible for “concentrated evil.”
The news seems to reiterate Vlad Putin’s fatalist approach to the invasion, and could be further proof that he doesn’t truly intend to win the war, or even survive whatever end it may bring.