Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Russia denies murder of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine

Kremlin, on Monday, categorically denied any accusations related to the murder of civilians in the city of Bucha, calling it yet another provocation by Ukraine. 

Furthermore, Moscow also called on UN Security Council to hold a meeting on the same. 

Amidst all this, a top UN negotiator met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. 

Russia has rejected any role in Bucha killings, calling it another provocation by Ukraine. On Monday, the Russian Ministry of Defense released an online statement saying that the Mayor of Bucha confirmed that there weren’t any dead bodies lying around when Russian troops left the city on March 30. Furthermore, it said that all the corpses were ‘seemingly fresh” and didn’t seem like they were from 4 days ago. 

“All the photos and videos published by the Kiev regime in Bucha are just another provocation,” Kremlin said.

French President Emmanuel Macron condemned what he called “Russian war crimes” in Bucha and called for tougher sanctions on the Vladimir Putin administration. 

Addressing France Inter Radio on Monday, he said, “There are very clear clues pointing to war crimes. It is more or less established that the Russian army is responsible (for the Bucha killings). What happened in Bucha demands a new round of sanctions and very clear measures,” he said. 

British PM Boris Johnson, on Monday, called out Russia’s “despicable” attacks on innocent civilians in the Kyiv suburbs of Irpin and Bucha. Further, he said that the world knew the truth that Putin’s “failed invasion” had made him desperate. His stance came a day after Ukrainian troops recaptured Irpin and Bucha laying bare evidence of Russia’s “execution” and “torture” of civilians. 

Meanwhile, Johnson said that he will increase sanctions against Moscow. “I will do everything in my power to starve Putin’s war machine. We are stepping up our sanctions and military support, as well as bolstering our humanitarian support package to help those in need on the ground,” he said. 

Ukraine has accused Russian troops of committing war crimes and a “massacre” in Bucha. On Sunday, Kyiv announced that it had recaptured Bucha and Irpin. President Volodymr Zelenskyy vowed to investigate and prosecute all the Russian war crimes. 

As many as 51% of Russians are “proud of Russia’s war against Ukraine”, Anton Gerashchenko, Official advisor and a former deputy minister at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine said. 

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