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What took place in Bucha, Irpin and the areas under Russian occupation was not an aberration: It was part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s premeditated plan to systematically punish, subjugate and slaughter Ukraine’s population into compliance.
The body of a man lies on the ground, his face turned toward the concrete. The bicycle he was riding before he died lies mangled behind him, his cellphone out of his pocket. As the living work their way down toward the river crossing with its strong currents in freezing conditions, there is simply no time to deal with the dead.
One of the volunteers, a bearded and cheerful young man who called himself Bundes and mostly wanted to talk to me about third century medieval Ukrainian history, said he was happy to see British-supplied weapons delivered to his comrades. “This is the best kind of support,” he says, “one you can feel with your hands.”
It’s clear the military support has yet to reach them: They are armed with nothing but old, Soviet-manufactured rifles and lack basic military equipment, like helmets and body armor, to protect themselves. They only have colored arm bands to indicate they are part of the volunteer militia.
“Post-conference polling, in the middle of a fuel crisis of the government’s own creation, still shows the party several points behind the Tories, and the electorate’s perception of the party’s electoral chances is poor.”