Ukrainian police have found more than 1,000 bodies of civilians killed in the Kiev region, says Andrei Nebitov, the region's police chief. He added the number will grow because people returning to their homes discover the bodies of civilians in basements and wells.
According to Nebitov, citizens have reported over 1,500 homes as totally destroyed and 5,000 damaged.
There have also been dozens of cases of people killed by explosive devices left behind by the Russian military.
On April 19, Sergei Panteleev, a spokesman for Ukraine's Main Investigation Department, reported that 269 civilians had been killed in Irpen near Kiev. The police have completed their investigations and established seven shooting sites in the city. Panteleev noted that 30 percent of the city was effectively destroyed.
Fighting in Irpen had been going on since the beginning of the war. The city was left without electricity, gas and communications. Local residents could only evacuate via a half-destroyed bridge, which had been damaged by shelling, as had been the railroad tracks. After the city was liberated from the Russian occupation on March 28, Oleksiy Arestovich, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, said the world should be horrified by what had happened in Bucha, Irpen and Gostomel.
«Bucha, Irpen and Gostomel are the cities that have been liberated and they resemble a shot from a post-apocalyptic horror movie. Among the victims of the war crimes committed by Russian troops are raped women whom the invaders had tried to burn, murdered local government officials, murdered children, murdered elderly people, murdered men,» he noted. There are signs that many of those who were killed had been tortured.