The war crimes in Bucha are “just the tip of the iceberg.”
Day 41. Russia will not stop. The Bucha massacre will likely trigger more sanctions but it will not put a dent in anything.
Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kulebo said that Mariupol is worse than Bucha. Now you know why I mention Mariupol a lot.
Zelenskyy Accuses Russia of War Crimes to the UN
From The Associated Press:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russian troops of gruesome atrocities in Ukraine and told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that those responsible should immediately be brought up on war crimes charges in front of a tribunal like the one set up at Nuremberg after World War II.
Zelenskyy, appearing via video from Ukraine, told council members that civilians had been shot in the back of the head after being tortured, blown up with grenades in their apartments and crushed to death by tanks while in cars.
“They cut off limbs, cut their throats. Women were raped and killed in front of their children. Their tongues were pulled out only because their aggressor did not hear what they wanted to hear from them,” he said, recounting what he described as the worst atrocities since World War II.
Likening the troops’ actions to those of Islamic State, Zelenskyy said: “The Russian military and those who gave them orders must be brought to justice immediately for war crimes in Ukraine.”
“Anyone who has given criminal orders and carried them out by killing our people will be brought before the tribunal which should be similar to the Nuremberg tribunals,” he said.
Mayor, Family Found Murdered and Buried in Shallow Grave
The bodies of the mayor of a Ukrainian village outside Kyiv and her husband and adult son were reportedly found in a shallow grave after the three were abducted by Russian occupying forces.
Mayor of the Village of Motyzhyn, Olga Sukhenko, was “unfortunately killed in captivity by the Russians,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk confirmed.
“This is a war crime,” Vereshchuk said in an address of Sukhenko’s killing. “The guilty will inevitably be punished in accordance with international humanitarian law.”
Vereshchuk said there are 11 mayors and community heads in Russian captivity across Ukraine, including leaders from Kyiv, Kherson, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv and Donetsk regions.
Red Cross Cannot Evacuate People in Mariupol
A convoy of seven buses with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) intended to evacuate people from Mariupol, Ukraine, was reportedly stopped Monday on the way to its destination and is being held by police in nearby Manhush.
“A team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is being held in the town of Manhush, 20 kilometers west of Mariupol,” ICRC spokesperson Jason Straziuso said, according to Reuters. He said police were holding the convoy but clarified that it was “not a hostage situation.”
Zelenskyy: Russians Killed and Tortured Over 300 in Bucha
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the Russians killed and tortured over 300 people in Bucha:
Zelensky accused Russian forces of killing and torturing more than 300 civilians in the formerly occupied city of Bucha, where evidence of alleged Russian war crimes have been discovered.
The BBC cannot independently verify this claim.
“We have just begun an investigation into all that the occupiers have done,” Zelensky said.
“At present, there is information about more than three hundred people killed and tortured in Bucha alone. It is likely that the list of victims will be much larger when the whole city is checked. And this is only one city.”
“There is already information that the number of victims of the occupiers may be even higher in Borodyanka and some other liberated cities,” he went on.
“In many villages of the liberated districts of the Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy regions, the occupiers did things that the locals had not seen even during the Nazi occupation 80 years ago. The occupiers will definitely bear responsibility for this.”
Mariupol is Worse
It’s horrible what happened in Bucha, but we must not forget Mariupol:
More now from the joint press conference this afternoon between UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba.
In addition to calling for a “tough new wave of sanctions” from the UK and its allies to stop Putin’s war efforts, Truss backed Kuleba’s call for Russia to be expelled from the European Human Rights Council after “appalling crimes” including the killing of civilians in Bucha.
Kuleba said any G7 and EU nations countries that “still have doubts” and are continuing to trade with Russia – by buying fossil fuels, for example – should make their minds up by visiting any of the mass graves in Ukraine.
The horrors seen in Bucha are “just the tip of the iceberg” of what war crimes have been committed by Russian forces, Kuleba added.
“I can tell you without exaggeration, but with great sorrow, that the situation in Mariupol is much worse,” he said.
Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped in the south-eastern port city of Mariupol, which has been reduced to rubble by weeks of Russian shelling.
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