Brutal Russian general led troops that killed civilians


              FILE - A Ukrainian serviceman walks amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
            
              Raisa Kozyr, head of the village of Zdvyzhivka, Ukraine, speaks during an interview on July 27, 2022. On March 19, Ukrainians launched a precision strike, knocking out a Russian storehouse at an ostrich farm on Tsentralna, according to Kozyr. Russian troops sprang into action, searching door to door and checking documents. “We didn’t know what was happening around us,” she recalled. “What was happening in the woods. And we knew people were missing.” (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
            
              FILE - A resident looks for belongings in the ruins of an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
            
              FILE - Police investigate the killing of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine on the outskirts of Kyiv, before bringing the corpses to a morgue, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
            
              Ihor Syrotkin, left, and Yevhen Pohranychnyi stand in front of a large house in Zdvyzhivka, Ukraine on April 28, 2022, where they discovered the bodies of unknown men, marked by torture, in the back garden. On March 30, Pohranychnyi went to this home which Russian officers had used, to check on his neighbor’s cat and see how badly the house had been looted. He found the bodies of two men. The next morning, he brought the village head, the village priest and others to the site. Three more bodies had appeared overnight. The blood was fresh. Some of them had died with their eyes and hands bound. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
            
              Andrii Shkoliar, left, and his mother-in-law, Natalia Savenko, sit in their home in Zdvyzhivka, Ukraine on Aug. 1, 2022. On March 18, Shkoliar and his wife were walking nearby to a relative's house when a dark-colored UAZ Patriot sped past, stopped abruptly and drove back to them. A soldier who appeared to be of higher rank stepped out of the Russian-made SUV, demanding to know why they'd broken curfew. "He told me: "I give you one hour back and forth, otherwise you'll be like this one in the car," Shkoliar recalled. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
            
              FILE - The body of an elderly woman lies inside a house in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
            
              FILE - Bodies lie scattered in a mass grave in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Sunday, April 3, 2022. Ukrainian troops found brutalized bodies and widespread destruction in the suburbs of Kyiv. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
            
              Vitalii Chernysh stands for a portrait in Zdvyzhivka, Ukraine, on April 28, 2022. Chernysh says soldiers found a photo of Russian military vehicles someone had sent him on a social media platform on Feb. 25 and hauled him off with three other people, bound and blindfolded, to a nearby barn. The next day, Chernysh was taken, blindfolded, to a field and accused of being a spotter. "Where are the nationalists?" the soldiers demanded. They poured gasoline on him and pretended to set him on fire. They ordered him to run through what they said was a minefield. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
            
              FILE - The hand of a body buried along with others is seen in a mass grave in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Sunday, April 3, 2022. Witnesses and survivors in Bucha, as well as Ozera, Babyntsi and Zdvyzhivka - all areas under Russian Col. Gen. Alexander Chaiko's command - told AP and Frontline that Russian soldiers tortured and killed people on the slightest suspicion they might be helping the Ukrainian military. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
            
              FILE - Soldiers walk on a path as smoke billows from the town of Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 12, 2022. The northwest suburbs of the capital, such as Irpin and Bucha had endured Russian shellfire and bombardment, prompting residents to leave their homes. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
            
              FILE - The bodies of people killed during Russian shelling lie covered in the street in the town of Irpin, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022. When Russian troops crossed from Belarus into Ukraine in late February, pressing toward Kyiv, they were ordered to block and destroy “nationalist resistance,” according to the Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank that has reviewed copies of Russia’s battle plans. (AP Photo/Diego Herrera Carcedo, File)
            
              FILE - A house burns following shelling of Irpin, Ukraine, 26 kilometers (16 miles) west of Kyiv, Friday, March 4, 2022. When Russian troops crossed from Belarus into Ukraine in late February, pressing toward Kyiv, they were ordered to block and destroy “nationalist resistance,” according to the Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank that has reviewed copies of Russia’s battle plans. (AP Photo/Oleksandr Ratushniak, File)
            
              FILE - Military helicopters fly over the Osipovichi training ground during the Union Courage-2022 Russia-Belarus military drills near Osipovichi , Belarus, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr., File)
            
              FILE - A Ukrainian serviceman walks amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
            
              Raisa Kozyr, head of the village of Zdvyzhivka, Ukraine, speaks during an interview on July 27, 2022. On March 19, Ukrainians launched a precision strike, knocking out a Russian storehouse at an ostrich farm on Tsentralna, according to Kozyr. Russian troops sprang into action, searching door to door and checking documents. “We didn’t know what was happening around us,” she recalled. “What was happening in the woods. And we knew people were missing.” (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
            
              FILE - A resident looks for belongings in the ruins of an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
            
              FILE - Police investigate the killing of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine on the outskirts of Kyiv, before bringing the corpses to a morgue, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
            
              Ihor Syrotkin, left, and Yevhen Pohranychnyi stand in front of a large house in Zdvyzhivka, Ukraine on April 28, 2022, where they discovered the bodies of unknown men, marked by torture, in the back garden. On March 30, Pohranychnyi went to this home which Russian officers had used, to check on his neighbor’s cat and see how badly the house had been looted. He found the bodies of two men. The next morning, he brought the village head, the village priest and others to the site. Three more bodies had appeared overnight. The blood was fresh. Some of them had died with their eyes and hands bound. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
            
              Andrii Shkoliar, left, and his mother-in-law, Natalia Savenko, sit in their home in Zdvyzhivka, Ukraine on Aug. 1, 2022. On March 18, Shkoliar and his wife were walking nearby to a relative's house when a dark-colored UAZ Patriot sped past, stopped abruptly and drove back to them. A soldier who appeared to be of higher rank stepped out of the Russian-made SUV, demanding to know why they'd broken curfew. "He told me: "I give you one hour back and forth, otherwise you'll be like this one in the car," Shkoliar recalled. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
            
              FILE - The body of an elderly woman lies inside a house in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
            
              FILE - Bodies lie scattered in a mass grave in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Sunday, April 3, 2022. Ukrainian troops found brutalized bodies and widespread destruction in the suburbs of Kyiv. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
            
              Vitalii Chernysh stands for a portrait in Zdvyzhivka, Ukraine, on April 28, 2022. Chernysh says soldiers found a photo of Russian military vehicles someone had sent him on a social media platform on Feb. 25 and hauled him off with three other people, bound and blindfolded, to a nearby barn. The next day, Chernysh was taken, blindfolded, to a field and accused of being a spotter. "Where are the nationalists?" the soldiers demanded. They poured gasoline on him and pretended to set him on fire. They ordered him to run through what they said was a minefield. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
            
              FILE - The hand of a body buried along with others is seen in a mass grave in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Sunday, April 3, 2022. Witnesses and survivors in Bucha, as well as Ozera, Babyntsi and Zdvyzhivka - all areas under Russian Col. Gen. Alexander Chaiko's command - told AP and Frontline that Russian soldiers tortured and killed people on the slightest suspicion they might be helping the Ukrainian military. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
            
              FILE - Soldiers walk on a path as smoke billows from the town of Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 12, 2022. The northwest suburbs of the capital, such as Irpin and Bucha had endured Russian shellfire and bombardment, prompting residents to leave their homes. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
            
              FILE - The bodies of people killed during Russian shelling lie covered in the street in the town of Irpin, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022. When Russian troops crossed from Belarus into Ukraine in late February, pressing toward Kyiv, they were ordered to block and destroy “nationalist resistance,” according to the Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank that has reviewed copies of Russia’s battle plans. (AP Photo/Diego Herrera Carcedo, File)
            
              FILE - A house burns following shelling of Irpin, Ukraine, 26 kilometers (16 miles) west of Kyiv, Friday, March 4, 2022. When Russian troops crossed from Belarus into Ukraine in late February, pressing toward Kyiv, they were ordered to block and destroy “nationalist resistance,” according to the Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank that has reviewed copies of Russia’s battle plans. (AP Photo/Oleksandr Ratushniak, File)
            
              FILE - People walk along an improvised path under a bridge that was destroyed by Ukrainian troops designed to slow any Russian military advances, as they flee Irpin, Ukraine, Saturday, March 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File, File)
            
              FILE - Military helicopters fly over the Osipovichi training ground during the Union Courage-2022 Russia-Belarus military drills near Osipovichi , Belarus, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr., File)
            
              FILE - A Ukrainian serviceman walks amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
            
              FILE - A resident looks for belongings in the ruins of an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
            
              FILE - Police investigate the killing of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine on the outskirts of Kyiv, before bringing the corpses to a morgue, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
            
              Vitalii Chernysh stands for a portrait in Zdvyzhivka, Ukraine, on April 28, 2022. Chernysh says soldiers found a photo of Russian military vehicles someone had sent him on a social media platform on Feb. 25 and hauled him off with three other people, bound and blindfolded, to a nearby barn. The next day, Chernysh was taken, blindfolded, to a field and accused of being a spotter. "Where are the nationalists?" the soldiers demanded. They poured gasoline on him and pretended to set him on fire. They ordered him to run through what they said was a minefield. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
            
              FILE - Soldiers walk on a path as smoke billows from the town of Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 12, 2022. The northwest suburbs of the capital, such as Irpin and Bucha had endured Russian shellfire and bombardment, prompting residents to leave their homes. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
            
              FILE - A house burns following shelling of Irpin, Ukraine, 26 kilometers (16 miles) west of Kyiv, Friday, March 4, 2022. When Russian troops crossed from Belarus into Ukraine in late February, pressing toward Kyiv, they were ordered to block and destroy “nationalist resistance,” according to the Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank that has reviewed copies of Russia’s battle plans. (AP Photo/Oleksandr Ratushniak, File)
            
              In this image from video released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Thursday, March 24, 2022, commander of the troops of the Russian Eastern Military District Alexander Chaiko speaks to Russian servicemen during a special military operation at an undisclosed location in Ukraine. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
            
              FILE - Military helicopters fly over the Osipovichi training ground during the Union Courage-2022 Russia-Belarus military drills near Osipovichi , Belarus, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr., File)
            
              FILE - From right, President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Lt. Gen. Alexander Chaiko listen to Syrian President Bashar Assad during a meeting in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin via AP, Pool, File)
            
              FILE - A Ukrainian serviceman walks amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
            
              Raisa Kozyr, head of the village of Zdvyzhivk, Ukraine, speaks during an interview on July 27, 2022. On March 19, Ukrainians launched a precision strike, knocking out a Russian storehouse at an ostrich farm on Tsentralna, according to Kozyr. Russian troops sprang into action, searching door to door and checking documents. “We didn’t know what was happening around us,” she recalled. “What was happening in the woods. All we knew was people were missing.” (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
            
              FILE - A resident looks for belongings in the ruins of an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
            
              FILE - Police investigate the killing of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine on the outskirts of Kyiv, before bringing the corpses to a morgue, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
            
              Andrii Shkoliar, left, and his mother-in-law, Natalia Savenko, sit in their home in Zdvyzhivka, Ukraine on Aug. 1, 2022. On March 18, Shkoliar and his wife were walking nearby to a relative's house when a dark-colored UAZ Patriot sped past, stopped abruptly and drove back to them. A soldier who appeared to be of higher rank stepped out of the Russian-made SUV, demanding to know why they'd broken curfew. "He told me: "I give you one hour back and forth, otherwise you'll be like this one in the car," Shkoliar recalled. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
            
              FILE - Bodies lie scattered in a mass grave in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Sunday, April 3, 2022. Ukrainian troops found brutalized bodies and widespread destruction in the suburbs of Kyiv. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
            
              Vitalii Chernysh stands for a portrait in Zdvyzhivka, Ukraine, on April 28, 2022. Chernysh says soldiers found a photo of Russian military vehicles someone had sent him on a social media platform on Feb. 25 and hauled him off with three other people, bound and blindfolded, to a nearby barn. The next day, Chernysh was taken, blindfolded, to a field and accused of being a spotter. "Where are the nationalists?" the soldiers demanded. They poured gasoline on him and pretended to set him on fire. They ordered him to run through what they said was a minefield. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
            
              FILE - The hand of a body buried along with others is seen in a mass grave in Bucha, Ukraine, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Sunday, April 3, 2022. Witnesses and survivors in Bucha, as well as Ozera, Babyntsi and Zdvyzhivka - all areas under Russian Col. Gen. Alexander Chaiko's command - told AP and Frontline that Russian soldiers tortured and killed people on the slightest suspicion they might be helping the Ukrainian military. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
            
              FILE - Soldiers walk on a path as smoke billows from the town of Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 12, 2022. The northwest suburbs of the capital, such as Irpin and Bucha had endured Russian shellfire and bombardment, prompting residents to leave their homes. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
            
              FILE - The bodies of people killed during Russian shelling lie covered in the street in the town of Irpin, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022. When Russian troops crossed from Belarus into Ukraine in late February, pressing toward Kyiv, they were ordered to block and destroy “nationalist resistance,” according to the Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank that has reviewed copies of Russia’s battle plans. (AP Photo/Diego Herrera Carcedo, File)
            
              FILE - A house burns following shelling of Irpin, Ukraine, 26 kilometers (16 miles) west of Kyiv, Friday, March 4, 2022. When Russian troops crossed from Belarus into Ukraine in late February, pressing toward Kyiv, they were ordered to block and destroy “nationalist resistance,” according to the Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank that has reviewed copies of Russia’s battle plans. (AP Photo/Oleksandr Ratushniak, File)
            
              In this image from surveillance video, Russian troops take over Yablunska Street in Bucha, Ukraine on March 3, 2022, where they set up a headquarters during their month-long occupation. Police recovered nearly 40 bodies along Yablunksa after Russian forces withdrew at the end of March. (AP Photo)
            
              FILE - Tanks participate in the Union Courage-2022 Russia-Belarus military drills at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground in Belarus, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr., File)
            
              In this image from video released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Thursday, March 24, 2022, commander of the troops of the Russian Eastern Military District Alexander Chaiko speaks to Russian servicemen during a special military operation at an undisclosed location in Ukraine. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
            
              FILE - Military helicopters fly over the Osipovichi training ground during the Union Courage-2022 Russia-Belarus military drills near Osipovichi , Belarus, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr., File)
            
              FILE - From right, President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Lt. Gen. Alexander Chaiko listen to Syrian President Bashar Assad during a meeting in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin via AP, Pool, File)
Brutal Russian general led troops that killed civilians