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Following the massive alleged summary executions that were discovered by the Ukrainian Armed Forces and local government leaders in Bucha, Interfax reported on April 2 that a ceremony awarding an unspecified Russian VDV unit (Airborne Forces) had taken place in the Kyiv region.

According to the report, the commander of the VDV unit presented state awards to the airborne troops who “distinguished themselves in performing combat missions during a special military operation,” the Russian Defense Ministry said through a statement.

The TV channel of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation “Zvezda” said that this unit was responsible for “mopping up” settlements in the Kyiv region to gain control over the area. Along with this unit of the VDV, the Russian marine corps were also present in the area conducting search and reconnaissance operations, sweeping the areas, and making sure there were not any enemies. This unit was led by their commander, Alexei Shabulin. They had allegedly swept through Hostomel, Bucha, and Ozera before retreating as they were reportedly shifting their area of operations to Donbas.