Extent of Bucha massacre in question internationally

Extent of Bucha massacre in question internationally
FILE PHOTO: Soldiers walk past a destroyed Russian tank and armoured vehicles, amid Russia’s invasion on Ukraine in Bucha, in Kyiv region, Ukraine April 2, 2022. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo

You might have seen some of those disturbing photos of dead Ukrainians in a city called Bucha, which is northwest of Kyiv. Now there’s a big discussion about whether or not the actions they show constitute war crimes.

In Ukraine, the foreign minister said the killings in Bucha are “just the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to the horrors seen in the country. And in the US, President Biden suggested there could be a war crimes trial after enough evidence is collected. But Pentagon officials have said they haven’t been able to confirm or deny what Ukrainian officials are reporting in Bucha.

Russia denies they killed civilians and ordered a probe into the whole thing, saying that Ukraine deliberately spread fake information.

Key comments:

“The horrors that we’ve seen in Bucha are just the tip of the iceberg of all the crimes [that] have been committed by the Russian Army," Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said at a press conference alongside British foreign minister Liz Truss. “Half measures are not enough any more. I demand most severe sanctions this week, this is the plea of the victims of the rapes and killings. If you have doubts about sanctions, go to Bucha first."

“We’re seeing the same imagery that you are. We have no reason whatsoever to refute the Ukrainian claims about these atrocities – clearly, deeply, deeply troubling," an anonymous Pentagon official said. “The Pentagon can’t independently and single handedly confirm that, but we’re also not in any position to refute those claims."

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