The United States has imposed sanctions on two Russian soldiers accused of murdering civilians in the Ukrainian city of Bucha and the village of Andrijivka near Kyiv during their occupation by Russian troops last spring.
The US Department of State has blacklisted Colonel Azatbek Omurbekov – nicknamed the “Butcher of Buča” in the media for murdering unarmed civilians – and soldier Daniil Frolkin, accused of murdering a civilian in Andrijivka.
Great Britain also imposed sanctions on the first-named in April. Ukrainian media identify him as one of the commanders responsible for the atrocities committed in the occupied city of Buča.
At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that not a single civilian was harmed during the stay of the Russian army in this city. Footage of murdered people lying in the streets of the city after the withdrawal of Russian forces from Kiev was rejected in Moscow as a forgery and provocation.
The second of the victims, Frolkin, even confessed to the murder of the Važnje istorii server last year. The military court in Khabarovsk, in the east of Russia, sentenced Frolkin to 5.5 years suspended in March this year – not for murder, but for “spreading false information about the activities of the Russian armed forces abroad”.
The United States has now stripped Omurbekov, Frolkin and their relatives of their right to enter the US.
Photo gallery of last year’s atrocities, which were carried out by the Russian army in Buč.
Readers are warned that some images are drastic.