Drone footage shows the horrific aftermath of a Russian attack on a town north of Kyiv
Charles R. Davis – March 3, 2022
- Drone footage shows Russian forces attacked civilian infrastructure in Borodyanka, Ukraine.
- The town is located some 35 miles northwest of the capital, Kyiv.
- A resident told Reuters that a Russian tank fired on a supermarket there.
Drone footage from a town north of Kyiv shows that Russian forces have attacked civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
The footage, recorded by the news agency Reuters, shows widespread destruction of residential buildings in Borodyanka, 35 miles from the Ukrainian capital. The town has been subjected to repeated shelling from the Russian military.
A resident of the town described a possible war crime, claiming a Russian armored personnel carrier and tank directly attacked civilians.
“They started shooting from their APC towards the park in front of the post office,” the man told Reuters, testimony that could not be independently confirmed. “Then those bastards started the tank and started shooting into the supermarket which was already burned. It caught fire again. An old man ran outside like crazy, with big round eyes, and said ‘give me a Molotov cocktail! I just set their APC on fire!'”
Locals claim to have repelled the Russian advance in the town.
In a speech on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to offer a pretext for targeting civilian infrastructure, claiming Ukrainian forces were using civilians as “human shields.”
According to Amnesty International, Russia has been “attacking civilians in Ukraine,” with widespread reports of artillery fire and cruise missiles hitting non-military objectives, including a Holocaust memorial in the capital.
At least 22 people were killed in one strike on Chernihiv, another town north of Kyiv, the Financial Times reported. Locals reported the indiscriminate use of cluster bomb munitions, another potential war crime.
Since the start of the war on Feb. 24, more than 2,000 civilians have been killed, according to Ukrainian authorities.