‘This land is in blood’: A Ukraine village digs up the dead

  • Valya Voronets, 66, prepares tea with her husband Myhailo Scherbakov, 65, in their house near the cemetery in Walnut Street in Mykulychi, Ukraine on Sunday, April 17, 2022. In the Scherbakovs' house they are still without electricity, water and gas after more than 42 days since the Russian invasion began. A Russian soldier once came running and pointed his gun at Myhailo after spotting him climbing onto the roof to get a cellphone signal. "Are you going to kill an old man?" he replied. Not all the Russians were like that. Voronets said she cried together with another soldier, barely 21. "You're too young," she told him. Another soldier told her they didn't want to fight. Still, she feared them all. But she offered them milk from her only cow. "I felt sorry for them in these conditions," she said. "And if you're nice to them, maybe they won't kill you." (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

  • Volunteers put in a bag the body of a civilian killed by Russian army, after been removed from a mass grave, during an exhumation in Mykulychi, Ukraine on Sunday, April 17, 2022. All four bodies in the village grave were killed on the same street, on the same day. Their temporary caskets were together in a grave. On Sunday, two weeks after the soldiers disappeared, volunteers dug them up one by one to be taken to a morgue for investigation. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

  • Ira Slepchenko, 54, cries next to coffins, one of them with the body of her husband Sasha Nedolezhko, 43, during an exhumation of civilians killed and buried in a mass grave in Mykulychi, Ukraine on Sunday, April 17, 2022. All four bodies in the village grave were killed on the same street, on the same day. Their temporary caskets were together in a grave. On Sunday, two weeks after the soldiers disappeared, volunteers dug them up one by one to be taken to a morgue for investigation. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

  • A crane lifts a casket as volunteers remove the soil from a mass grave during an exhumation of four civilians killed in Mykulychi, Ukraine on Sunday. All four bodies in the village grave were killed on the same street, on the same day. Their temporary caskets were together in a grave. On Sunday, two weeks after the soldiers disappeared, volunteers dug them up one by one to be taken to a morgue for investigation. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

MYKULYCHI, Ukraine — On a quiet street lined with walnut trees was a cemetery with four bodies that hadn’t yet found a home.