A Ukrainian family said they found a bomb in their daughter’s piano after she returned to their Bucha home.
Bucha, which was occupied by the Russians in March, was the scene of some of the war’s worst atrocities.
Tetyana Monko told Insider that the war is “real genocide”, but thinks Ukraine will defeat Russia.
A Ukrainian family who returned to their looted home in Bucha after Russian forces left earlier this year have discovered what could have been a deadly surprise left behind by enemy soldiers.
When Russian troops descended on Bucha in late February, Tatiana Monko and her husband were forced to take their two young children and flee, Monko told The Claquers, a Ukrainian arts publication. The family headed for central Ukraine, unsure when or if they would be able to return home.
“As for the war, we feel devastated, because this despicable and treacherous attack by the Russians has ruined our lives,” Tatiana Monko told Insider.
Bucha, located to the immediate east of kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, became the site of devastation and destruction when Russian forces besieged the city in a violent month-long occupation. March. Early evidence from the ransacked city suggests that hundreds of civilians were killed during the Russian occupation.
The Russians withdrew from the city in late March, leaving behind a trail of alleged war crimes and thousands of mines and unexploded missiles, officials say.
“We raised our children in peace and love, and we don’t understand how in today’s world Russia can do such horrible things when the whole world is watching us,” Monko said. .
When Monko and his family finally returned home, they said they found their apartment had been occupied by Russian soldiers who had left the residence in ruins. Monko told the Claquers that the soldiers stomped on traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts in the house, tore up a poster in their daughter’s room and stole an accordion belonging to the girl.
Ukrainian military officials came to check the house for explosives, Monko told the outlet. They searched the entire apartment twice – including a piano belonging to Monko’s daughter, Dashunya – but found nothing.
The instrument, which takes center stage in the Monkos’ home, was a favorite in the girl’s musical collection, her mother told Les Claquers. Before war came to Ukraine, Monko said her daughter was a dedicated piano student who competed in regional chess tournaments and booked cameo roles on television series.
A series of awards that Dashunya has won over the years are proudly displayed on his piano.
Once the Ukrainian troops finished their inspection of the house, Monko said she approached the piano and started playing all the white keys from left to right. When she reached the middle of the instrument, the keys were no longer pressed.
“I tell my husband, ‘there’s something there.’ We suspected them of planting bombs before – my husband mentioned that the rewards on the shelf were placed in the wrong order,” Monko told Les Claquers.
When military inspectors returned at his request, they discovered and removed a VOG-25P grenade launcher from Dashunya’s piano.
“This photo symbolizes the ugliness of those who attacked us,” Monko told Insider. “And… not just the leaders of their state, because it was done by ordinary people who appreciate the killings of Ukrainians. This is real genocide.”
“It’s horrible that the world tries to negotiate with Russia, not realizing that their price is our life. This act – that they left an explosive for a talented child – speaks for itself”, a- she added.
But despite her country’s devastation, Monko remains convinced that Ukraine will prevail.
“This war is for our right to live on our land,” she said. “This is what we are fighting for today… And in the end, we will win!”
Translations by Nikita Ilyich Angarski.
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