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Report: 340 bodies recovered after massacre in Bucha, near Kiev

The search for more victims is ongoing, with some bodies buried in backyards, the report said

03 April 2022, Ukraine, Bucha: Ukrainian soldiers inspect the rubble of a destroyed Russian tank column on a road in Butcha, a suburb north of the capital. As Russian troops withdraw from areas north of the Ukrainian capital, Ukrainian officials are calling the heavy civilian casualties found in the town of Bucha a deliberate war crime, drawing international condemnation. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
Ukrainian soldiers inspect the rubble of a destroyed Russian tank column on a road in Butcha, a suburb north of the capital. As Russian troops withdraw from areas north of the Ukrainian capital, Ukrainian officials are calling the heavy civilian casualties found in the town of Bucha a deliberate war crime, drawing international condemnation. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/dpa.

As many as 340 bodies have been recovered after a massacre blamed on Russian troops in the town of Bucha near Kiev, according to Ukrainian media reports.

By late on Sunday, between 330 to 340 bodies had been collected, the Ukrayinska Pravda newspaper reported, citing a funeral service.

The search for more victims is ongoing, with some bodies buried in backyards, the report said.

Images of residents' bodies, which were discovered after Russian troops withdrew form the area, have prompted international horror, with Ukraine blaming the massacre on Russian troops.

Moscow denies the charge. The Russian embassy in Berlin has referred to a "staging by the Kiev regime for Western media."

Zelensky: 'Genocide'

The Ukrainian prosecutors's office has announced a post-mortem examination of the bodies in order to understand the context of the crimes. International investigators are also to be consulted.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russian troops of genocide.

Report: 340 bodies recovered after massacre in Bucha, near Kiev