Ukraine Updates: Biden Calls for ‘Actual War Crime Trial’ After Bucha Massacre, Labels Putin ‘War Criminal’
“Indeed, this is genocide. The elimination of a whole nation, and the people — we are citizens of Ukraine.”
No words. No words can describe what people found on the streets in places on the outskirts of Kyiv.
Executed civilians. Mass graves. Places soaked in death.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described it as genocide as he criticized the latest sanctions on Russia. He said it’s “not enough.”
Biden Wants a War Crime Trial
But Biden did not call Bucha a “genocide” like Zelenskyy:
“He is a war criminal,” Biden said of Putin Monday morning upon returning to Washington, D.C., vowing that the United States will “continue to provide Ukraine with weapons they need to continue to fight.”
The president added that Putin “should be held accountable,” and said the United States needs to “get all the detail so this can be an actual war crime trial.”
“This guy is brutal,” Biden said. “What is happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone has seen it – I think it is a war crime.”
When asked about additional sanctions, Biden said he is “seeking more sanctions” against Russia and is “going to continue to add sanctions.”
Biden calls for war crimes trial against Putin:
"This guy is brutal, and what's happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone's seen it.” pic.twitter.com/acIMb0XVwq
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 4, 2022
European Countries Pay for Energy in Rubles
Rubles? Roubles? Meh, don’t care. Putin demanded “unfriendly” countries pay for their energy in rubles, which is the Russian currency. Most tried to call his bluff, but a few changed because they get so much oil and gas from Russia.
Latvia switches to ruble payments for gas, entering into a long-term contract with Gazprom until 2030.
"The procedure for settlements in Russian rubles does not formally violate the sanctions" ##
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) April 4, 2022
Slovakia, Bulgaria and Moldova accepted the payment of Russian gas in rubles.
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) April 3, 2022
Zelenskyy Video at the Grammys
The Grammys shared a video of Zelenskyy:
“The war doesn’t let us choose who survives and who stays in eternal silence,” the Ukrainian president began. “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals. They sing to the wounded in hospitals, even to those who can’t hear them. But the music will break through anyway.”
He noted, “We defend our freedom. To live. To love. To sound.”
Zelenskyy went on to add, “On our land, we are fighting Russia which brings horrible silence with its bombs. The dead silence. Fill the silence with your music. Fill it today. Tell our story.”
Zelenskyy also added, “Support us in any way you can. Any – but not silence.”
Odesa is Now a Target
Russia has set its eyes on Odesa, another port city, which is in west Ukraine:
The Russian military says it has struck an oil processing plant and fuel depots around the strategic Black Sea port of Odesa.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj.-Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Russian ships and aircraft fired missiles on Sunday to strike the facilities, which he said were used to provide fuel to Ukrainian troops near Mykolaiv.
Konashenkov also said Russian strikes destroyed ammunition depots in Kostiantynivka and Khresyshche.
In an audio message posted by Italian news agency ANSA, Italian photographer Carlo Orlandi said Odessa woke to military sirens at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, followed immediately by the sounds of bombs falling on the port city from two aircraft.
He described a column of dark smoke rising from the targets, and flames from the buildings.
“What we can see is a dense screen of dark smoke, and one explosion after the other,″ Orlandi said.
Earlier in the morning, a spokesman for the Odesa military administration, Sergey Bratchuk, said Odesa had also suffered an air attack overnight.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) April 4, 2022
Chernihiv is Mostly Gone
No wonder Russia said it would greatly “reduce” military activities around Chernihiv. It’s mostly gone:
The northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv is about 70% destroyed following an assault by Russian troops, Vladyslav Atroshenko, the city’s mayor, said Sunday.
The “consequences” of the attack by Russia in Chernihiv are “severe,” similar to the aftermath in other badly damaged cities and towns like Bucha, where bodies of civilians were found in the streets, as well as in Kharkiv and Mariupol, he said.
The most urgent issues facing residents is a “concentration of Russian troops on the Belarusian border,” and concerns the city will be hit with more missiles and air bombs, Atroshenko added.
“Russians move around Ukraine like at home. And the fact that they left does not mean that they will not come back tomorrow. It takes about an hour and a half for them to get to us … Today we can say it is quiet, there is cleaning, there is demining,” he said.
Don’t Forget Mariupol
The Russians want Mariupol. It’s an important port town. It connects Crimea and Donbas and will harm Ukraine’s economy:
Taking control of the city of Mariupol is “almost certainly a key objective of the Russian invasion”, the UK’s Ministry of Defence has said.
The MoD said troops would have a land corridor from Russia to the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula if the besieged port city in the southeast of the country fell.
On Sunday, it again reported heavy fighting and indiscriminate shelling as Russian forces seek to seize the city.
But the MoD added that Ukrainian fighters “maintain a staunch resistance” and have retained control in key parts of the city.
I don’t know how to describe the scenes in Bucha and Irpin:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday reacted to disturbing new images coming out of a suburb of the capital Kyiv showing the bodies of executed civilians by calling Russia’s attacks “genocide.”
“Indeed, this is genocide,” Zelenskyy said during a “Face the Nation” interview on CBS. “The elimination of a whole nation, and the people — we are citizens of Ukraine.”
“We have more than a hundred nationalities. This is about destruction and extermination of all these nationalities,” Zelenskyy told host Margaret Brennan.
“We are the citizens of Ukraine and we don’t want to be subdued to the policy of Russian Federation. This is the reason we are being destroyed and exterminated. And this is happening in the Europe of the 21st century. So this is the torture of the whole nation.”
Zelenskyy Criticizes New Sanctions
Once again Zelenskyy hears condemnations after people discovered the mass graves and dead bodies in areas around Kyiv. The EU demanded the fifth round of sanctions on Russia. The US is weighing more sanctions it can place on Russia.
Zelenskyy said it’s not enough:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday that Western nations would impose more sanctions on Russia after the alleged killing of civilians in Bucha and other Ukrainian cities, but emphasized that such a move might not be an adequate punishment.
“There will definitely be a new sanctions package against Russia,” Zelenskyy said during a press conference. “But I’m sure that’s not enough. We need more conclusions. Not only about Russia, but also about the political behavior that actually allowed this evil to come to our land.”
Zelenskyy said hundreds of people have been killed in Bucha and other cities, including civilians who were shot by Russian forces.
The Russian defense ministry has denied any “crimes” in the city of Bucha, which in the past few days quickly transformed into the epicenter of calls for human rights investigations.The ministry insisted that any evidence of atrocities have been “staged” for the media.
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