Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday described as “genocide” the killings of civilians within the city of Bucha exterior the capital Kyiv reclaimed from Russian forces.
“These are warfare crimes and it is going to be recognised by the world as genocide,” Zelensky mentioned throughout a go to to Bucha, the place our bodies had been found strewn all through the city after it was reclaimed by Kyiv’s military.
“You stand right here at present and see what occurred. We all know that hundreds of individuals have been killed and tortured with extremities reduce off, girls raped, youngsters killed,” he informed reporters sporting a bullet-proof vest and accompanied by army personnel.
“It’s genocide,” he added.
Ukraine and Western nations have accused Russian troops of warfare crimes after the invention of mass graves and apparently executed civilians at Bucha, prompting vows of motion on the Worldwide Felony Court docket.
Russia’s defence ministry denied its troops had killed civilians within the city just lately retaken by Ukrainian troopers.
Britain, France, Germany, the USA and NATO all voiced horror on the photos from Bucha, the place a few of the our bodies mendacity in public appeared to have been certain by their arms and ft earlier than being shot.
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