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A commanding officer in the Russian army accused of involvement in the killing of civilians in the Ukrainian city of Bucha was, according to all available evidence, promoted to the rank of colonel from lieutenant colonel.

In a statement on Friday, the Russian Ministry of Defense identified the officer as Colonel Azatbek Omurbekov, who was the first to award him this rank.

“For three weeks under Colonel Omurbekov, brigade units repulsed more than 50 enemy attacks with tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and heavy artillery,” said the post in the Telegram posting the slogan “#HeroesZ”.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense wrote on Tweet on Saturday that Azatbek Omurbekov of the Russian 64th Independent Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade had been promoted to a new rank.

“For [the] in the civilized world, he is an executioner, a killer, a rapist, a robber, “she said on Twitter on Saturday. “But for [the] The Kremlin is a ‘hero’, he added, and promotion would “motivate him to commit new war crimes.”

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Colonel Omurbekov’s unit an honorary “guard.”

The United Kingdom announced on Thursday that it is imposing new sanctions on what it calls “key leaders in the Russian military – targeting those in command of the front line to commit these heinous acts.” Among them were the commanding officer of the Russian military unit that occupied Buch, whom she identified as Lieutenant Colonel Omurbekov, a rank under the colonel.

After Russian forces withdrew from the city a few weeks ago, hundreds of the dead were found in Bucha, a city north of Kiev, including some tied hands. Russia has denied allegations that its forces were involved in killing civilians.