The American edition of The New York Times published a new investigation into the killings of civilians by Russian invaders in Bucha, Kyiv region. We are talking about the military of the 234th Airborne Assault Regiment.
Journalists analyzed telephone records, documents, interviews and thousands of hours of video that show how a Russian airborne unit killed dozens of people on Yablunskaya Street in Bucha in March .
Thus, the Russian occupiers took away mobile phones from the victims and immediately called Russia or Russian telephone numbers. The Ukrainian authorities provided journalists with a database of all calls and messages made from the Bucha region to Russia during March.
Calls from Russians from two phones of victims in Bucha
The journalists talked to the invaders and their relatives. Two of them confirmed that they were in the 234th regiment and served in Bucha. The commander of the 234th regiment, Colonel Artem Gorodilov, led the operations of the Russian landing unit in Bucha. This was also confirmed by the Russian military who were there. Before the invasion, Gorodilov was in Belarus among the Russian military. A commander similar to Gorodilov was also recorded in Bucha. He and two guards walked the streets of the city near the bodies of Ukrainian civilians. After the de-occupation of the Kiev region, on April 8, Gorodilov and other Russian throat cutters were awarded the Order of «Courage».
Gorodilov is preparing to invade Ukraine from Belarus in February
The atrocities in Bucha were committed by Russian paratroopers of the 234th regiment. This is evidenced by the symbols that the invaders tried to hide on military equipment, the documentation left in Bucha and the personal records of the Russians. In particular, one of the paper records shows the number of the military unit of the Pskov paratroopers — military unit 74268. The invaders also left behind the regiment's sleeve insignia.
Insignia of the occupiers
Journalists draw attention to the fact that the phones of some victims on Yablunskaya were used by the invaders for personal calls almost immediately after the murder. In addition, the equipment of this regiment was recorded in the places where the victims were shelled. A total of 22 invaders from the 234th Air Assault Regiment were identified.
Paratroopers who called from Bucha
Journalists also managed to identify the bodies of 36 Russian victims on Yablonskaya Street in Bucha. The media also published a map of the discovered bodies.