Astronaut Scott Kelly arrives in Ukraine, visits Bucha mass graves

Astronaut Scott Kelly arrived in Kyiv on Sunday to help Ukraine’s battle in opposition to Russia’s invasion, visiting a suburb of the capital that has turn out to be synonymous with Moscow’s atrocities.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky named Kelly, the dual brother of Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), as an envoy of Ukraine’s United24 fundraising marketing campaign late final month.

Scott Kelly has been an outspoken critic of Russia since its invasion, which comes seven years after he participated in a joint U.S.-Russia mission to the Worldwide House Station that lasted for almost a yr.

“Arrived in Kyiv this morning to see for myself the atrocities dedicated by Russia and the help mandatory for Ukraine,” Kelly tweeted.

Zelensky had tasked Kelly with heading the fundraising platform’s medical help initiative, starting with fundraising for ambulances to exchange these destroyed within the conflict.

The retired U.S. Navy captain and astronaut visited the town of Bucha, which is situated within the suburbs of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital.

Russia had managed the town within the early days of the conflict. After Russian troops retreated in April, observers discovered our bodies strewn throughout streets and mass graves.

“The depravity of Russian destruction has no bounds,” Kelly wrote in a tweet together with photographs of his go to.

President Biden and European leaders have accused Russia of committing conflict crimes in Bucha and elsewhere because the conflict enters its tenth month.

Within the weeks earlier than winter, Russia has launched a barrage of missiles focusing on crucial infrastructure in cities throughout Ukraine, at instances resulting in large blackouts and leaving residents with no warmth or water.

However Ukraine’s navy has confirmed resilient, attaining key victories within the southern metropolis of Kherson and different occupied territory Russia claimed to annex.