Ukraine charged eight Russian soldiers and mercenaries for the murder of a small town mayor and her family.


Ukraine’s prosecutor general said on Tuesday that it had charged eight Russian soldiers and mercenaries for the murder of a small market and her family in a Kyiv suburb.

Mayor Olha Sukhenko was discovered in a shallow grave in the village of Motyzhyn, about 30 miles west of Kyiv, on April 2, after Russians withdrew from around the capital. Her husband and her son were buried with her.

Prosecutor General Irina Benedictova said five of the accused were Russian soldiers and three belonged to Wagner, a civilian military group run by a businessman close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The soldiers included two lieutenants and three sergeants from a unit of the 37th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade.

“They kidnapped her husband and son Olga Sukhenko from their home in the village of Motizhyn.” Venediktova wrote on Facebook, where she posted the names and photos of all eight men..

She said in March the men detained Sukhenko and her family and took them to a home they were using as a base. There, she said, Russian fighters “tortured” to overwhelm information about the Ukrainian and National Guard. Prosecutors said the Russians killed Sukhenko’s son in front of her.

“They first shot him in the leg and then shot him in the head,” she wrote. “The whole family died from multiple gunshot wounds.”

She said the accused soldiers and mercenaries also terrorized other civilians, tortured and killed, as well as looted and destroyed their homes.

Venediktova asked anyone with relevant information about soldiers and mercenaries to share the information on a website established by prosecutors to collect testimonies about war crimes.

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