Bodies found in the town of Bucha were gathered to be buried on Monday.

The CNN team witnesses the removal of bodies from a Bucha basement

The CNN team witnesses the removal of bodies from a Bucha basement

The bodies found in the city of Bucha were collected for burial on Monday. (Metin Aktas / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)

Ukrainian officials showed international media the removal of five bodies from a basement in Bucha, a suburb of Kiev recently taken over by Ukrainian forces.

A CNN team visited the basement and saw the bodies prior to removal. They were in an advanced stage of decomposition.

Five men had been tortured and executed by Russian soldiers, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, Anton Gerashchenko, told CNN. CNN cannot independently verify Gerashchenko’s claims.

The men were found in an area held by the Russian army until a few days ago. Several trenches, trenches and positions for armored vehicles were still visible around the site, as well as advanced Russian rations. Several letters “V” – informal symbols for the Russian military campaign – were also painted at the entrance to the territory.

The dead had their hands tied behind their backs and most of them had multiple gunshot wounds, not only to the head but also to the lower limbs. There were several shells on the floor next to the bodies.

Volunteers removed the bodies and placed them in body bags, which were later taken away.

A volunteer told CNN they are recovering bodies in large numbers, saying, “There are hundreds, not dozens.” The volunteer and his unit showed CNN the body bags of at least 30 people that had been recovered on Sunday, plus nine more on Monday, including five found in the basement.

That unit is one of many operating on the outskirts of Kiev.

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