LMonday, April 18, the Russian President awarded an honorary title for “heroism” to the 64and motorized rifle brigade, which Ukraine has accused of having participated in the abuses committed in Boutcha, near kyiv.
Vladimir Putin signed, according to the Kremlin, a decree granting the title of “Guard” to this brigade because of the “heroism and tenacity, determination and courage” of its men. “The skillful and decisive actions of all personnel during the special military operation in Ukraine are a model of the execution of military duty, courage, determination and high professionalism,” Vladimir Putin wrote to the military. . The Kremlin does not indicate where these men are or have been deployed or specify their missions.
Russia denies massacre charges
Ukraine accused the Russian army and in particular the 64and brigade in question of having committed a massacre of civilians in Boutcha, discovered after the withdrawal of Russian soldiers on March 30. Russia denies and has accused the Ukrainian authorities and the Western media of having staged the massacre, or the Ukrainian forces of having committed it to accuse Moscow of it.