Ukraine’s SBU security service has officially charged Lt. Col. Alexander Dosyagayev, a decorated Russian officer with the Hero of Russia title, with committing war crimes in Bucha, Kyiv Oblast, when the town was under Russian occupation in early 2022.
Dosyagayev stands accused of committing war crimes on Ukrainian soil, specifically involving the fatal shooting of civilians during the occupation of Bucha in March 2022.
Serving as the commander of the 2nd battalion of the 104th regiment of the 76th Airborne Assault Division, he actively participated in cleansing and filtration operations, the SBU said in a Telegram message on Nov. 24.
The Russian officer allegedly ordered invaders to open fire on four peaceful residents along the road, resulting in the deaths of a local resident and three volunteers passing by in a car, all succumbing to gunshot wounds.
Following the liberation of Kyiv Oblast, Russia’s top military-political leadership honored Dosyagayev with the Order for Courage and the esteemed Hero of Russia title.
He faces charges of violating the laws and customs of war, coupled with intentional murder.
The SBU said that they are currently verifying information surrounding Dosyagayev’s reported death, asserting that “his death is not a reason to halt the investigation or to refrain from identifying all accomplices and perpetrators of the crime.”
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