Officials say over 450 residents were murdered in cold blood by Russian forces, and many more were injured. Others are terrorized and forced to live in basements to save their skins during the five-week Russian post-invasion occupation. A majority of the buildings were damaged, many destroyed.
A bit more than five weeks later, the residents of Bucha are coming back, checking out their homes, repairing the damage and paving the artillery-pocked streets.
One informal market just outside the city center was abuzz when Fox News stopped by.
“I’m really happy to be back,” one customer said.
A stall owner explained, “This is our life, guadagnare i soldi, helping people.”
Yet the dark Russian deeds were not far away.
Asked how bad it was, another stall keeper explained she had to stay with her dogs and her cats.
“non ho parole,” lei disse, breaking down in tears.
Outside city hall, there was a big group of locals. Services are back somewhat in the city, but a lot of lavori are gone, and food and essentials are short.