Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded an honorary title to the brigade that accused Ukraine of “war crimes” and mass murders in the city of Bucha. Putin signed a decree on Monday giving the 64th motorized infantry brigade the honorary title of “guards,” the Kremlin said.
The award is justified with “heroism and courage, determination and courage” of the members. “The skilful and resolute conduct of the entire staff (brigade) during the military special operation in Ukraine” is “an example of the performance of military duties, of courage, determination and great professionalism,” Putin said.
The brigade defended the “motherland and state interests”. The Kremlin has not provided information on where members of the brigade are currently located or where they were stationed. No further details were given about their duties.
Countless civilians were brutally murdered
Ukraine had accused the Russian army, especially the 64th Brigade, of massacring civilians in the city of Bucha near Kiev. After the Russian troops left, dead men in civilian clothes were found on the streets of Bucha, some with their hands tied.
Russia is not responsible for “war crimes”.
The intelligence service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense released the names, ranks and passport details of every member of the brigade and announced that they would be tried. Most of the dead in Bucha had gunshot wounds, according to Ukrainian police.
Russia denies the charges. It accuses the Ukrainian authorities and Western media of orchestrating the atrocities and the Ukrainian troops of committing the acts to blame Russia.
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