Russian soldiers have been accused of “genocide” in the Ukrainian town of Bucha with evidence of mass graves, torture, and bodies in the streets.
Ukraine officials have claimed that some victims were shot in the head while their hands were tied behind their backs,
sparking international outrage and accusations of war crimes against the Kremlin.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy referred to Russian troops as “killers, executioners, rapists, marauders,”
while Moscow categorically denied killing civilians in Bucha.
Bucha, a popular commuter town about 16 miles outside of the capital,
was ravaged by heavy fighting before being liberated over the weekend by Ukrainian forces.
The scenes of death and destruction revealed over the weekend as Ukrainian forces pushed further out from Kyiv
and liberated surrounding towns sparked international outrage.
Images of Ukrainian civilians lying in the streets of Bucha emerged on Sunday,
with witnesses saying the victims were killed by Russian forces without apparent provocation.
According to one Bucha resident, Russian troops went from building to building, taking people out of basements where they were hiding.
He claimed that soldiers searched their phones for evidence of anti-Russian activity and either confiscated or shot them.
Zelenskyy refers to Russian soldiers as “killers, executioners, rapists, and marauders.”
President Zelenskyy accused Moscow forces of committing “genocide,” claiming that a “concentrated evil has visited our land.”
“The killers, executioners, rapists, marauders who call themselves an army – and who deserve nothing but death for what they’ve done,” he said.
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied accusations of atrocities against civilians in Bucha and other Kyiv suburbs.
Moscow will lobby for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss “Ukrainian provocations” in Bucha.