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Eleven coffins draped in purple cloth line freshly dug graves in the last row of Bucha’s cemetery. Inside rest nine men and two women who were killed during Russia’s occupation of the Kyiv suburb in March. Almost all the dead had been hastily buried in mass graves by local residents as the fierce fighting left them with no other choice. One body was found later after the Russian withdrawal from the region. More than four months after AFP journalists discovered 20 civilian corpses in Bucha on April 2, the first evidence of war crimes in Ukraine, the local authorities have started burying the dead that no one has claimed. Fourteen bodies were interred on Tuesday, with another 11 following on Thursday. Mykhailyna Skoryk-Shkarivska, an assistant to Bucha’s mayor, told AFP another three ceremonies were planned.