The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, he visited Bucha and asked the world to recognize the “genocide” allegedly committed by Russia in that city on the outskirts of kyiv, where hundreds of bodies were found in the streets or in mass graves after the withdrawal of Russian troops. Faced with the condemnation of several Western countries and the expulsion of dozens of diplomats, Russia On Monday he again dismissed the charges and warned that they could interrupt the process of negotiations with Ukraine to try to end the offensive. What’s more convened again for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council which will take place on Tuesday.
The extent of the killings is still under investigation, but the Ukrainian Attorney General, Iryna Venediktovahe noticed it the bodies of 410 civilians were recovered. And the mayor of Bucha, Anatoly Fedoruk, said 280 bodies were taken to mass graves because it was impossible to bury them in the cemeteries inside the shooting range. On Monday, the bodies of five men with tied hands were found in a basement of a children’s health center in Bucha, according to the Ukrainian Attorney General’s Office.
Ukraine denounces war crimes
“See what happens every day when our fighters come in and take back territory,” he said. Zelenski to the media dressed in a flak jacket and accompanied by Ukrainian soldiers, on a street in bushing devastated by fighting on the 40th day of the Russian invasion. The president assured that in that city near kiev that until March 30 was in the hands of the invading troops “war crimes” have been committed which will be “recognized as genocide”.
The spokesman for the Russian presidency, Dmitri Peskov, rejected the involvement of the Russian military in that episode, which according to the Kremlin represents a direct threat to international peace and security. “We categorically reject all accusations. Furthermore, we believe it is necessary to discuss this issue at the highest level; hence our initiative to examine it in the (UN) Security Council, “Peskov told reporters.
The Kremlin representative acknowledged the seriousness of the deaths in Bucha, but asked not to jump to conclusions. “This is a serious situation, no doubt. We ask everyone, especially many international leaders, to avoid hasty statements and gratuitous accusations, to request information from various sources and, at the very least, to listen to our arguments,” he insisted.
UN Security Council to address alleged “war crimes evidence” on Tuesday, including those in the city of Bucha, where hundreds of bodies appeared after the withdrawal of Russian forces and which the Kremlin attributes to the “Ukrainian Armed Forces”. The United Nations Security Council meeting announced by the UK had already been scheduled and comes after Russia’s insistent calls to address the situation in that region near Kyiv.
Dozens of Russian diplomats expelled
Germany and France announced on Monday the expulsion of more than 70 Russian diplomats and Lithuania that of the Russian ambassador in response to the alleged massacre of civilians in Bucha. The German Foreign Minister, Annalena BaerbockShe said pictures of bodies thrown into the streets or piled up in mass graves “testify to a desire for destruction that transcends all borders”.
In Paris, the French Foreign Ministry announced it would expel 35 Russian diplomats “whose activities are against the country’s interests”, saying the decision was made in coordination with the rest of the European Union (EU). “Our main responsibility is to ensure the safety of the French and Europeans,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
For his part, the Russian president, Vladimir Putinsigned a decree this Monday that restricts visas to EU countries, plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, for their “hostile actions” against Russia. The retaliatory measures taken by Moscow will affect official delegations and journalists, according to the Kremlin.
Lavrov reminds Biden of the wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria
In parallel, the Russian Foreign Minister, Serguei Lavrov, recalled US President Joe Biden of the wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria, who claimed to try his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for war crimes committed in Ukraine. “This proves it many American politicians who were behind the war in Iraq for well-known reasons, who disintegrated Libya with its NATO partners, who invaded Syria, those politicians have no reason of conscience at all“Lavrov said during a press conference.
Lavrov remembered this The United States wants to maintain its hegemony over “a unipolar world” in which “everything is allowed” by all means. and others do not have the right to guarantee their “safety”. The Russian foreign minister justified the intervention in Ukraine with the need to “regulate, even with fairly harsh methods” a situation created by the West’s reluctance to talk to Russia about security guarantees. “That arrogance, which has spread to all levels, will not bring anything good,” Lavrov said, while stressing that Moscow is willing to have an “honest” dialogue with the West.
Biden assured Monday that Putin should be tried for war crimes due to alleged massacre by Russian troops in Ukrainian city of Bucha. “We have to get all the details so that there can be a trial for war crimes. This guy is brutal and what is happening in Bucha is scandalous,” added the president of the United States, who stressed that Putin “should be considered. responsible “for what happened. .
How is the situation on the pitch?
A few days ago, Russia announced that it would withdraw from the Kyiv suburb and focus on the “liberation” of eastern and southern Ukraine. In that area there are key port cities to create a land link between the Crimean peninsula, annexed in 2014 by Russia, and the Russian-speaking breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. Lugansk Governor Sergii Gaiday warned on Monday that he saw “equipment coming from different directions” and that Russian forces were preparing a “massive attack” on local troops.
Also in southern Ukraine, ten civilians were killed and at least 46 wounded in Russian bombing in the city of Mikolaiv, its mayor Oleksander Senkevich reported. The United Nations says it has already confirmed the deaths of more than 1,400 civilians in Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion, which began on February 24. The international organization also indicates that more than ten million people have fled their homes in the country as a result of the conflict, of which more than four million have fled abroad.