World leaders have been startled and outraged by horrific photographs from the outskirts of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, as accusations of mass graves of hundreds of Ukrainian civilians stream in – the latest in a long line of war crimes Russia has been accused of. Despite Moscow’s emphatic denial of responsibility for the murders, it is likely to face new penalties from the US and Europe, which have united with Kyiv to punish Moscow for the “massacre.”
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, who paid a visit to Bucha on Monday, warned that additional deaths were likely to be discovered in territories retaken from Russian invaders. On Tuesday, he will address the United Nations Security Council for the first time to answer the charges of mass executions.
By Sunday, Ukraine claimed to have discovered at least 410 civilian casualties near Kyiv. According to the administration, 50 of the remains discovered in Bucha were victims of extrajudicial killings by Russian troops. The Pentagon stated that the killings in Bucha were “pretty evident” and that Russian forces were to blame.
The Kremlin has refuted all claims, claiming that the graves and bodies were fabricated by Ukraine in order to smear Russia. Russia said it would submit “actual evidence” of Ukraine’s and its Western sponsors’ “lies” at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.
Ukraine claimed to have found at least 410 civilian casualties near Kyiv by Sunday. 50 of the bodies discovered in Bucha, according to the authorities, were victims of extrajudicial killings by Russian troops. According to the Pentagon, the killings in Bucha were “quite obvious” and Russian forces were to blame.
All assertions have been rejected by the Kremlin, which believes that the graves and bodies were created by Ukraine in order to defame Russia. At an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council, Russia stated it will present “real evidence” of Ukraine’s and its Western sponsors’ “lies.”
In the meantime, Germany and France have criticised the incident by removing hundreds of Russian diplomats on suspicion of being spies.
The United States and the United Kingdom have announced preparations to seek Russia’s expulsion from the UN Human Rights Council. “Russia cannot remain a member of the UN Human Rights Council due to strong evidence of war crimes, including reports of mass graves and horrible butchery in Bucha. Russia must be put on hold “Foreign Secretary Liz Truss of the United Kingdom acknowledged as much.
Suspending Russia from the council, however, would require a two-thirds majority vote in the UN General Assembly.
The heinous massacres perpetrated by Russians, by Russian forces, deserve to be named what they are. It is genocide, and this crime must be prosecuted as a genocide crime… When we see the atrocities committed on women, cHostel and entire families, we should every even louder. Bucha, Irpin, Hostomel, and Motyzhyn are places that everyone of us will most likely remember for the rest of our lives. Genocide was committed by the Russians.” According to the Associated Press, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.