Photos Show Aftermath of Russian Troops’ Looting in Ukraine


  • For weeks, the Kyiv suburb of Bucha was occupied by Russian troops. 
  • Survivors told Insider photographer Erin Trieb that Putin’s forces looted and destroyed homes.
  • Hundreds of civilian bodies have been found in the city since Russia withdrew.

Survivors of the weeks-long Russian occupation of Bucha in Ukraine said President Vladimir Putin’s troops broke into people’s homes, looted them, and destroyed property across the 35,000-person town, according to an Insider report by photographer Erin Trieb. 

Russian troops left a complete mess in some homes, trashing kitchens, breaking furniture, and leaving glass bottles in people’s yards. 

Some homes had fruit or other food on the floor, Trieb reported, while graffiti was scrawled on the walls of others. 

A picnic table strewn with empty glasses and empty containers.

A home in Bucha looted and occupied by Russian soldiers is littered with food scraps and trash; Bucha, Ukraine, April 8, 2022.

Erin Trieb for Insider


Graffiti, including the words "Russian hooligans," is seen on the side of a house.

Graffiti, likely tagged by a Russian solider, reads “Russian Hooligans” (right) on the side of a residential home that was looted and occupied by Russian forces in Bucha, Ukraine, Ukraine, April 8, 2022.

Erin Trieb for Insider


Nadezhda, 83, and her daughter, Tatyana, 62, decided to stay in Bucha when Russian troops arrived. At one point, Russian troops showed up at their home, asked to see documents and said not to worry. They parked a tank in their yard. 

The Russian soldiers would later return to the home, this time to loot it.

“They were very rude,” Nadezhda told Trieb. “They started to look in the houses around, looting, searching for expensive things.”

Nadezhda said the Russian troops also left bullet casings in her yard.

Hundreds of civilians have been found dead in Bucha since Ukrainian forces recaptured the town from the retreating Russians two weeks ago. 

“We were not ready to have so many dead bodies,” Bucha’s mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk said at a press conference earlier this week. 

He said at least 403 civilian bodies — many of whom were brutally “tortured and killed” — have been found in mass graves and throughout the city. 

Officials exhume the bodies of civilians who died during the Russian attacks, from mass graves in Bucha, Ukraine on April 11, 2022.

Officials exhume the bodies of civilians who died during the Russian attacks, from mass graves in Bucha, Ukraine on April 11, 2022.

Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images




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