Ukraine condemns Russian atrocities in Bucha

On Sunday, Ukraine condemned alleged Russian atrocities in Ukrainian areas occupied by Russian troops.  

This condemnation comes after Ukrainian troops discovered scores of dead bodies lying in the streets of Kyiv’s suburbs in what looked like a civilian massacre.  

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office described the sickening scenes on the streets of Bucha and the Kyiv suburbs of Irpin and Hostomel as a “scene from a horror movie.” 

Oleksiy Arestovych, President’s key advisor, said that many of the victims were tortured, raped, and maimed before being killed by the Russian troops. 

After Russian troops withdrew from some suburbs of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv to reposition themselves, Ukrainian forces soon secured those areas. However, to their horror, they reportedly discovered maimed bodies and wanton destruction of public properties. 

Meanwhile, a Russian missile strikes a weapons depot and eastern Ukraine on Sunday.  

Journalists from Associated Press who accompanied the Ukrainian troops in Bucha saw the half-buried dead bodies of 9 people in a ditch.  

Some of the victims have been shot dead at close range with their hands tied behind their back. The bodies were wrapped in a plastic bag and allegedly bound with duct tape. 

Bucha Russian Atrocities
The railway station in Bucha before the Russian invasion

Bucha is a small city to the northwest of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. 

While talking to a German reporter, Kyiv’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said that innocent civilians were “shot with joined hands and what happened in Bucha and other suburbs of Kyiv can only be described as genocide.” 

The capital’s Mayer also called on other nations to stop buying Russian oils and gas, which he said was funding the killing of innocent Ukrainians. 

“Not a penny should go to Russia anymore. That’s bloody money used to slaughter people. The gas and oil embargo must come immediately,” he added. 

 Ukrainian officials told the media persons that they were collecting pieces of evidence against Russian brutalities so as properly prosecute it for the war crimes.  

It should be recalled that Ukraine has already filed a case of War crimes against Russia in the International Court of Justice, to which both Ukraine and Russia are parties and signatories. 

It may be noted that Ukraine has greatly slowed down the Russian advances inside Ukraine. Before launching the invasion, Russian security establishments believed to overrun Ukraine within days.  

However, to their dismay, Ukraine not only slowed down Russian advances into its territory but has also caused tens of thousands of Russian casualties besides severely damaging Russian military infrastructure. 

It’s has been over a month since Russia launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine to remove the pro-western government and install a puppet regime.  

European authorities also condemned the Russian barbarities in Ukraine. In a tweet, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, said that he was shocked by the “haunting images of atrocities committed by the Russian army.” 

Meanwhile, Russia intensified the bombardment of Mariupol, a major city in the Donbas region of Ukraine. The city’s capture would create an n unbroken land corridor from Russia to Crimea, which Moscow seized from Ukraine in 2014. 

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