Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russian forces of committing “genocide” near kyiv. World leaders say the killings near the capital amounted to war crimes. Russia has denied the allegations.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “Looking at what happened in Bucha and other towns from where the invaders were expelled, you can see that hundreds of people were killed. Civilians have been tortured and shot and there are bodies in the streets. been mined. Even the bodies of the dead were trapped.
Zelenskyy also told CBS News on Sunday that the killing of many people near kyiv is genocide aimed at eliminating the entire nation and people.
Ukraine’s deputy defense minister said on Saturday that the country had recaptured the Kyiv region from Russian forces.
What are believed to be civilian bodies were found in Bucha, a suburb of kyiv, after Russian forces withdrew.
The mayor of Bucha told Reuters on Saturday that more than 300 residents had been killed. The mayor said the bodies of executed people still line a street. Footage shows their hands tied behind their backs and gunshot wounds to the head.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the footage a punch in the gut and said the international community should not become numb to the footage.
Leaders of European countries such as Britain, France and Germany have also accused Russia of killing civilians. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement that Russia’s despicable attacks on innocent civilians are proof that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military are committing war crimes.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement that he was deeply shocked by the images of civilians killed in Bucha. He added that an independent investigation leading to effective accountability is essential.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the photos and videos of corpses “were staged by the kyiv regime for Western media.”
The ministry insists that no residents suffered violence and that residents moved freely when the city was under the control of Russian forces.
Allegations of Russian atrocities come at a critical time. Ukrainian and Russian negotiators are due to continue their ceasefire talks on Monday, more than five weeks after the start of the Russian invasion.