Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that the situation in the town of Borodyanka is “significantly more dire” than in nearby Bucha.
As the country girded itself for new attacks in the east, the nation’s leader issued a new and sharp warning in an update to the population.
He said the situation in the town of Borodyanka, about 80 kilometers northwest of Kyvi, may have suffered an even worse fate than that of Bucha, which was the center of international outrage after Russian troops withdrew.
He said the situation in Borodyanka, about 25 miles from Bucha, was “considerably more dire”.
Such an assessment would match claims by the BBC and other media outlets that have been there in recent days.
On Wednesday, the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen wrote that of the handful of towns in the capital’s northwest, including Bucha and Irpin, damage to Borodyanka was the most extensive.
“The devastation in the center of Borodyanka is the worst I have seen in any of the towns around Kiev, including Irpin and Bucha, which have been heavily fought over,” he said.
“On the main street from the roundabout at the entrance to the city, there is a huge amount of damage. Destroyed and burnt-out buildings, houses in ruins, twisted car wrecks and more collapsed buildings.”
He added: “Borodyanka, not far from the border with Belarus and on the main axis of the Russian advance towards Kiev, has been very heavily shelled.
“It’s not the kind of shelling that happens with a few bombings. This requires application.”
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Meanwhile, National Public Radio, whose reporters also visited the city, said “almost every building along this city’s main street has been damaged or destroyed: shops, houses, pharmacies, banks, all with blackened walls and blown-out windows.”
The developments will be of great concern to anyone who has been monitoring the situation in Ukraine, after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Kiev area allowed the discovery of dozens of bodies that had been shot or burned. Zelensky and other world leaders have labeled the killings as war crimes.
Russia has denied the claims, saying instead and killings were carried out by Ukrainian forces to make Moscow look bad.
More to come……