Russia-Ukraine war. White House fury for Bucha: Biden again called Putin a “war criminal”, called for a trial and anticipated further sanctions

WASHINGTON.- Shocked and enraged by the atrocities that remain in full view of the world bushing, Ukraine, a suburb on the outskirts of the capital, kiev, the president of the United States, Joe Biden called for a trial for the abuse and murder of civilians, again called Russian leader Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” and anticipated it. United States and its allies they will impose new sanctions against Moscow for its brutal military offensive.

“I have a comment to make before starting the day. You will recall that I was criticized for calling Putin a war criminal. Well, the truth is, you saw what happened to Bucha. This justifies him, he is a war criminal “, sent Biden in front of reporters in the gardens of the White House, as soon as he got off the presidential helicopter. Marino Uno after returning from the weekend in Delaware.

Joe Biden, returning from his trip to Delaware
Joe Biden, returning from his trip to DelawareMANDEL NGAN – AFP

“We must gather the information, we must continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons it needs to continue the fight and we must obtain all the details so that this can be a war process“, He insisted.

“This guy is brutal. And what’s happening in Bucha is scandalous, and the whole world has seen it. “

Pictures of mass graves and riddled civilians, some with their hands tied, in the streets of the suburb of Bucha, occupied until a few days ago by Putin’s forces, They have generated a profound shock and a wave of international fury and repudiation like never before since the conflict in Ukraine, marked by attacks on civilians by Russia, erupted.

The Kremlin shrugged off the atrocities allegedly committed by Russian soldiers in Bucha by claiming that it was a new provocation and a lie by the West and Kiev, a victimization tactic widely used by Russia since the beginning of the invasion of ‘Ukraine. The Attorney General’s Office threatened to prosecute those accusing the Kremlin of human rights abuses and the Russian propaganda apparatus – officials, state media and pro-Putin regime accounts – tried to change the discussion or even went at the extremes to suggest that the images had been staged with the actors. Various Western media have verified the bodies and mass graves found in the city.

Biden said he believed “war crimes” had been committed. The Pentagon said on Monday that images from Bucha, including images of mass graves and deaths scattered on the streets, “reinforce” evidence that Russian forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine. A senior US defense official called the images “disgusting” and said they warrant further investigation.

The bodies of civilians that authorities say were killed by Russian forces were placed in a mass grave outside St Andrew's Church in Bucha, Ukraine on Sunday, April 3, 2022. (Daniel Berehulak / The New York Times)
The bodies of civilians that authorities say were killed by Russian forces were placed in a mass grave outside St Andrew’s Church in Bucha, Ukraine on Sunday, April 3, 2022. (Daniel Berehulak / The New York Times)Daniel Berehulak – NYTNS

The United States has already anticipated that it will demand the suspension of Russia from its seat on the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commission, said US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

The atrocities exposed to the world in Bucha have threatened to derail the tepid progress that Russia and Ukraine have made so far in the peace talks. After wandering the streets of the suburb, the president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, he said it was “very difficult” to negotiate with Russia. Zelensky said the atrocities perpetrated in the city embody “the nature of the Russian military”, adding that “they treat people worse than animals”.

Zelensky left the capital Kyiv to visit Bucha on his first reported trip since the war began nearly six weeks ago to see for himself what he called “genocide” and “war crimes”.

“Corpses were found in barrels, cellars, strangled, tortured” dijo Zelensky.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, On Monday he warned that there were serious indications of possible war crimes in Ukraine and called for an investigation into what happened in Bucha, where the lifeless bodies of more than 300 people have already been recovered after the Russian withdrawal.

“I am horrified by the images of civilians lying dead on the ground and the makeshift graves in the city of Bucha”, Bachelet said in a note.

ADDITION OF CAPTION - Municipal workers transport body bags to the city of Bucha, not far from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, on April 3, 2022. US and NATO leaders expressed shock and horror at new evidence of atrocity against the civilians in Ukraine and warned that Russian troop movements away from Kiev did not signal a withdrawal or an end to the violence.  - On April 4, 2022, the Kremlin rejected allegations that Russian forces were responsible for killing civilians near Kiev.
ADDITION OF CAPTION – Municipal workers transport body bags to the city of Bucha, not far from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, on April 3, 2022. US and NATO leaders expressed shock and horror at new evidence of atrocity against the civilians in Ukraine and warned that Russian troop movements away from Kiev did not signal a withdrawal or an end to the violence. – On April 4, 2022, the Kremlin rejected allegations that Russian forces were responsible for killing civilians near Kiev. “We categorically reject all allegations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)SERGEI SUPINSKY – AFP

Discussions among Western powers over new sanctions against Moscow intensified after the atrocities committed in Bucha became known. Biden said on Monday that he will continue to add sanctions, but did not explain which sectors will be sanctioned. Germany took a new step by announcing that it was expelling 40 Russian diplomats. The possibility of imposing a total ban on Russian energy imports from Europe is back on the table, Although the European allies, although united by indignation, once again showed some difficulties on how to respond.

“Bucha’s images are proof of the incredible brutality on the part of the Russian leadership and those who follow its propaganda,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, in a synthesis of the European vision of what happened on the outskirts of Kiev. .

Poland, which has taken in large numbers of Ukrainian refugees, angrily criticized France and Germany for not taking tougher action and urged Europe to swiftly end Russia’s energy purchases. But Germany has said it will stick to a more gradual approach in the face of the huge blow a total shutdown of the Russian gas tap could inflict on its economy.

The French president, Emanuele Macron, He said there was “clear evidence of war crimes” in Bucha calling for the imposition of a new round of retaliation against the Kremlin and Putin, including new measures against the sale of energy. “We have to act,” Macron told France-Inter radio.

But Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki described Russia under Putin as a “totalitarian fascist state” and called for actions “that will ultimately break Putin’s war machine.” “Would you negotiate with Hitler, with Stalin, with Pol Pot?” I ask.

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