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Devastated mother weeps over the grave she dug for her 27-year-old son, who was gunned down by Putin’s forces

A grieving mother has wept over the grave she dug for her son after he was killed by the Russians.

Oleksei, son of Iryna Kostenko, was about to change tires in a garage when he was gunned down in her home in the city of Bucha on March 10.

Iryna Kostenko sobs at her son's grave

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Iryna Kostenko sobs at her son’s grave
The grieving mother holds up a picture of son Oleksei

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The grieving mother holds up a picture of son Oleksei
Iryna covered her son's grave with a blanket to protect it from the dogs

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Iryna covered her son’s grave with a blanket to protect it from the dogs

It comes like Volodymyr Zelenskyy fought back tears when he visited the city where Vladimir Putin’s Troops were accused of slaughtering civilians and burying them in mass graves.

The Ukrainian President was flanked by security forces as he vowed to ensure that the “War crimes” committed by Russian soldiers on his country’s soil are “the last such evil on earth”.

Iryna sobbed over her son’s grave and said the BBC: “The pain is so bad. Now I’m all alone My son was young, 27 years old. He wanted to stay alive.

“They sat in jeeps with guns. They killed him and fled. How can I talk to such idiots. I want them dead.”

Russia will face “maximum sanctions” for war crimes, Truss warns
Inside horror

After he killed Oleksei, Iryna was forced to flee her home when the Russians took over her home

Bottles of vodka, gin, whisky, rum and beer are scattered around her garden.

The house was damaged by shelling and when Iryna returned to the property, she had to bring Oleksei’s body home from the street in a wheelbarrow.

“I covered the grave with a blanket to protect it from the dogs,” Iryna said as she kissed a picture of her dead son.

“He’s not in a coffin, I had to roll him in a rug. this is my love My darling.”

Harrowing images from the city northwest of the capital Kyiv showed that Bodies of civilians strewn in the street and in shallow graves—many with their hands tied and signs of torture.

Some of them had been shot at point-blank range due to the wounds they had sustained.

A satellite image taken of Bucha late last month, as Russian troops took control of the city, shows a 45-foot-long mass grave dug behind a church.


It comes as…


Ukrainian and Western leaders have accused Russia of doing this Massacre of civilians and dumping of their bodies in makeshift burial grounds.

Ukraine’s Attorney General said the bodies of 410 civilians had been recovered from towns around Kyiv after Russian troops withdrew last week.

A total of 161 children have died and 264 been injured since the Russian invasion, according to Ukrainian officials.

Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Zelenskyi, said dozens of dead civilians were found on the streets of Bucha and the US Kiev suburbs of Irpin and Hostomel into what looked like a “scene from a horror movie”.

said President Zelenskyy "it's hard to talk" when he visited Bucha

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President Zelenskyj said during his visit to Bucha: “It is difficult to talk”.Photo credit: AFP
A dead civilian lies on the street with his hands tied behind his back

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A dead civilian lies on the street with his hands tied behind his backPhoto credit: AFP
Neighbors gather next to a mass grave in Bucha

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Neighbors gather next to a mass grave in BuchaCredit: AP

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