Bodies and a mass grave have been discovered near Kyiv; Zelenskyy claims Russians committed ‘genocide.’
On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Russian soldiers tortured and killed children in Ukraine. As new photos of dead people and a mass grave near Kyiv spread around the world, Zelenskyy said that this was “genocide.”
“I don’t understand why we find people with their wrists tied behind their backs and decapitated. During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Mr. Zelenskyy remarked, “I don’t understand the kids who are slain and tortured.”
“It’s critical for the free people of the United States to look at it, analyze it, and see for themselves,” he stated, before going on to say, “This is genocide.”
The remarks were made during an interview on a news talk show after the Ukrainian military reported finding brutalized bodies with bound hands, gunshot wounds to the head, and traces of torture left by Russian soldiers in the village of Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv.
At least nine people in civilian clothing appeared to have been killed at close range, according to Associated Press journalists in Bucha, a tiny community northwest of the capital.
At least two of them were bound behind their backs with their hands tied behind their backs. Two victims were also seen wrapped in plastic, fastened with tape, and tossed into a ditch, according to the AP.
Authorities said they were gathering evidence of alleged atrocities to strengthen their case against Russian officials accused of war crimes. People at the International Criminal Court will have to show that Russia killed a lot of innocent people when it invaded.
Associated Press journalists also saw the Ukrainian military carefully remove at least six bodies from a Bucha street using wires, in case the Russians had booby-trapped the remains with explosives before their departure. People in the area said the victims were civilians who were killed without any reason, but this could not be independently confirmed.
During his appearance on CBS, Mr. Zelenskyy used the term “genocide” to generally describe Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
“This is genocide,” he declared. “The total annihilation of the nation and its people.” Ukraine’s citizens are who we are. We have about 100 different nationalities here. This is about the annihilation and extinction of all of these peoples.
We are Ukrainian citizens who do not wish to be ruled by the Russian Federation’s policies. This is why we are being annihilated and exterminated, and it is happening in twenty-first-century Europe. As a result, the entire nation is being tortured. “
Officials in the Biden administration have previously referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal. After being asked about whether the recent events in Ukraine were genocide, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the situation is being closely watched by US government officials.
Mr. Blinken said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that “we will look hard and document everything that we see, put it all together, and make sure that the relevant institutions and organizations that are looking into this—including the State Department—have everything they need to assess exactly what happened in Ukraine, who’s responsible, and what it amounts to.”
“You can’t help but see these photographs as a punch to the gut,” Mr. Blinken said of the images of civilian bodies in the town of Bucha. We’ve previously stated that we believe Russia will commit crimes as a result of its invasion. We’ve come out and said that we believe Russian soldiers have committed war crimes, and we’ve been working to record that since the attack. “
The secretary of state stated, “There needs to be accountability for it.” “But I believe the most essential thing is that we must not become desensitized to this.We’re not going to be able to normalize this. As long as Russia’s aggression against Ukraine continues, this is the truth of what will happen every day. That is why it must come to a close.