Ukraine Charges Russian Generals with Bombing Civilian Homes

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.04 - 2024 1:51 PM CET

Photo: Christopher Rogel Blanquet /
Photo: Christopher Rogel Blanquet /
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has charged two Russian generals with conducting deadly air strikes on residential buildings in Borodianka, Kyiv Oblast, during 2022 conflicts.

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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has charged two Russian generals with ordering deadly air strikes on Borodianka, a town in Kyiv Oblast, on March 4, 2022. This attack is one of the most severe in the ongoing conflict with Ukraine, as reported by The Kyiv Independent.

Before the conflict, Borodianka was home to 12,000 people and is located 40 kilometers northwest of Kyiv. It became one of the most damaged areas in the war. The full extent of its destruction and the loss of civilian lives became clear after Russian forces left the area in early 2022.

The SBU discovered that Alexander Chayko, a high-ranking Russian military officer, ordered attacks on residential areas in Borodianka. Following his orders, Vladimir Kravchenko, another top military official and leader of the 11th Army of the Air Force and Air Defense, carried out the bombing.

They used Su-34 and Su-35 aircraft to drop 500-kilogram bombs on apartment buildings where families lived, according to the SBU.

"As a result of the air attack, Russia destroyed six apartment buildings, killing more than 30 local residents, including a young girl," the report said. Many from Borodianka are still considered missing.

In addition, Ukrainian authorities identified 91 Russian soldiers involved in war crimes in the Bucha community in Kyiv Oblast. Here, they've documented over 9,000 war crimes.

By late 2023, Ukraine's Prosecutor General, Andrii Kostin, announced that evidence of over 109,000 war crimes by Russian forces in Ukraine had been gathered.

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