Putin honors unit accused of leading genocide in Bucha – awsforwp


Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a special honor to the military unit accused of butchering 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 valor, tenacity and courage” in the “defense of the motherland.”

He officially bestowed the unit with the honorary title “Guards,” a prized designation for distinguished units, the decree shows.

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

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

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded the unit accused of killing hundreds of civilians in Bucha a high military honor.
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More than 1,200 bodies were found on the streets in the Kyiv region.
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Ukrainians wait for food distributed by the Red Cross in Bucha.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has labeled Russia’s actions in Bucha a “genocide.”
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Members of the Ukrainian military walk past destroyed Russian military machinery on the street, in Bucha, the town which was retaken by the Ukrainian army, northwest of Kyiv, Ukraine, 06 April 2022. Hundreds of tortured and killed civilians have been found in Bucha and other parts of the Kyiv region after the Russian army retreated from those areas.  Russian troops entered Ukraine on 24 February resulting in fighting and destruction in the country, and triggering a series of severe economic sanctions on Russia by Western countries.
Hundreds of tortured and killed civilians have been found in Bucha and other parts of the Kyiv region after the Russian army retreated from those areas.
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By Tuesday, more than 1,200 bodies have been found in streets and mass graves around the wider Kyiv region, the Kyiv Independent said. There have also been numerous reports of sex attacks on girls as young as 13 during the troops’ occupation in the area.

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

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

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