Note: This post contains graphic images.
The worst thing I’ve seen since arriving in Kyiv almost a month ago would have to be the body of a man we gave backyard in Borodiankanorthwest of Kyiv.
We were led to the site by the owner of the house, who had fled town during the first few days of the war. She returned as the invaders withdrew, only to find her home ransacked by Russian soldiers.
Behind the barn in her garden, she shows us a man, with a bag on his head, his hands tied behind his back and his trousers pulled down, revealing his underwear and dark legs. Violet.
He had a bullet wound in the head, and a cartridge of bullets was still lying next to his body.
He appears to have been tortured and executed by Russian soldiers, although we don’t know for sure what happened to him.
At this point, we’ve seen the infamous mass grave in Bucha, but the image of that man has stuck with me – I find the individual to be more of a concern than the collective. It would be easier to divide, separate a group from the humanity they were robbed of.
Some context: Borodianka is home to 13,000 people before the war, but most fled after the invasion of Russia. What was left of the town, after intense shelling and devastating air raids, was then occupied by Russian forces, who moved in on February 28. The town returned to life. control of Ukraine on April 1.
Read more about what CNN journalists witnessed in Ukraine here: