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“Crimes against humanity”: Georgia strongly condemns the killings in Bucha, Ukraine

Fans wave the flags of Ukraine and Georgia during a match between Georgia and Spain at the Rugby Europe International Championship March 20 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Russia went to war with Georgia in 2008 and subsequently recognized the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent.

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The Georgian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the killings in Bucha, Ukraine, saying it was “devastated by the scenes of brutal atrocities”.

“All those involved in these war crimes must bear responsibility,” the ministry said on Twitter.

Separately, President Salome Surabichvili said the “massacre” in Bucha was a “crime against humanity”.

Russia recognized the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent after a 2008 war with Georgia.

The country, which borders Russia and sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, has repeatedly expressed its support for the people of Ukraine but has refused to join economic sanctions aimed at isolating the Kremlin.

– Sam Meredith

Russia requests UN Security Council meeting over provocation of “Ukrainian radicals” in Bucha

“In view of the provocation of the Ukrainian radicals in Bucha, Russia has scheduled a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in the second half of the day on Monday, the 4 agency TASS.

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Russia’s deputy representative in the United Nations Security Council has requested an emergency meeting for Monday, citing the “provocation by Ukrainian radicals in Bucha”.

This follows the reported devastation in Bucha, a town on the outskirts of Kyiv, which was liberated by Ukrainian forces.

Ukraine has accused Russia of a civilian massacre in Bucha, with international leaders condemning the vivid footage and images of dead bodies and calling for an independent investigation.

Russia has denied allegations that its troops killed civilians in Bucha.

“In view of the provocation of Ukrainian radicals in Bucha, Russia has scheduled a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in the second half of the day on Monday, April 4. “We will expose Ukrainian provocateurs and their Western patrons.”

Polyanskiy did not elaborate on how the Ukrainians were provoking in Bucha, a city invaded by Russian troops as part of their failed push into Kyiv.

– Sam Meredith

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister says humanitarian corridors have been set up in Mangush, Mariupol and Luhansk

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk said humanitarian corridors had been established in Mangush, Mariupol and Luhansk.

Vereshchuk said a corridor was set up on Monday to bring people from the besieged city of Mariupol to Zaporizhia.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross plans to continue its movement from Mangush to Mariupol with seven buses en route, Vereshchuk said, while evacuations continue in the Luhansk region.

– Sam Meredith

“More than reprehensible” and “a punch in the pit of the stomach”: the world reacts to images of the devastation in Bucha

Ukrainian soldiers inspect the wreckage of a destroyed Russian tank column on the street in Bucha, a suburb north of Kyiv.

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Ukraine accused Russian forces of carrying out a “massacre” in the city of Bucha, while Western leaders reacted to images of dead bodies on the outskirts of Kyiv and called for an independent investigation.

Russia has denied the allegations, calling the vivid video footage and photos of dead bodies “another provocation” by the Ukrainian government.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz called the murders in Bucha “appalling and terrible”, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock described the pictures as “intolerable”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply shocked” by the images of dead civilians in Bucha, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said they were “a punch in the gut”.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the reported atrocities “more than reprehensible” and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters he strongly condemned the attacks.

– Sam Meredith

Russian forces are concentrating offensive on Donbass, Britain says

A woman reacts before the train leaves the eastern city of Kramatorsk in the Donbass region April 3, 2022.

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According to the British Ministry of Defense, Russian forces continue to focus their offensive on the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.

“Russian troops, including mercenaries from the state-affiliated Russian private military company Wagner, are being transferred to the area,” the ministry said on Twitter.

– Sam Meredith

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