A distraught Ukrainian woman watched on as Russian invaders posing as liberators executed her beloved husband in cold blood.
Iryna Abramov, 48, from Bucha, told Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture that she was in her house with her husband Oleg, 40, and her elderly father Volodymyr, 72, when Russian soldiers arrived, claiming they were liberators.
The troops allegedly stormed her home on March 5 and told her: “We are the liberators. We have come to liberate you.”
The soldiers’ tone quickly changed however, and they opened fire at the house, dragging Oleg out onto the pavement.
They hurled a grenade through the front door, triggering a deafening explosion that saw the house burst into flames.
Volodymyr grabbed a small fire extinguisher and shouted, "where is Oleg?" to his daughter as he tried to put out the flames.
One of the Russian soldiers allegedly replied: "Oleg will not help you anymore."
Iryna explained: "They didn't ask anything or say anything, they just killed him. They only told him to take off his shirt, kneel down, and they shot him."
She added that following the shooting, the troops told her and her father that they had three minutes to leave the house.
They were forced to leave Oleg's body in the street, his blood staining the road outside their house for over a month as they sheltered nearby, before Ukrainian forces re-captured the town and took the body away.
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"I wish they had killed me too," she said.
Volodymyr said he doesn't know where his son-in-law's body is.
He compared their town to "an apocalypse – dead bodies everywhere, the streets full of smoke".
Ukrainian forces who entered Bucha last weekend said they were faced with horror scenes, with president Volodymyr Zelenskyy branding the actions of the Russian soldiers as “war crimes”.
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