Residents in Yahidne, near Chernihiv, have told the BBC Russian troops held 130 people in a basement for four weeks.
Sixty-year-old Mykola Klymchuk was one of them. He said he couldn’t move for fear of stepping on people. About 40 or 50 children were among those held captive. The youngest was just two months old.
He tied himself to a railing using his scarf to sleep standing up for 25 nights.
When people died, the bodies couldn’t immediately be removed.
This meant that people, including children, lived amidst corpses for hours, and sometimes days, until they could be taken outside.
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