Zelenskiy says Russian war crimes constitute genocide

Zelenskiy says Russian war crimes constitute genocide
A woman walks on a street, amid Russia’s invasion on Ukraine, in Bucha, Ukraine April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

Ukraine, and most of the West with it, accused Russia of more war crimes after discovering hundreds of civilians dead in the streets of Bucha, as well as in a mass grave nearby. Now there are calls for more sanctions on Russia for these war crimes. And even though the EU was already working on this, people say saying it should be done faster.

Russia, for its part, has denied killing civilians and called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting to talk about “the blatant provocation by Ukrainian radicals in Bucha.”

Key comments:

“This is genocide,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an interview. “We are the citizens of Ukraine; we have more than 100 nationalities. This is about the destruction and extermination of all these nationalities.”

“All the photos and videos published by the Kyiv regime, allegedly testifying to the ‘crimes’ of Russian servicemen in the city of Bucha, Kyiv region, are another provocation," Russia’s defense ministry said in a statement. “During the time that Russian armed forces were in control of this settlement, not a single local resident suffered from any violent actions."

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