Zelenskyy accuses the Russian army of killing and “torturing” civilians in Bucha
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the Bucha killings were the “tip of the iceberg” of Russian war crimes.
At a press conference in Warsaw with Liz Truss, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Mr Kuleba said the “horror acts” in Bucha and other cities called for tougher sanctions.
“I can tell you without exaggeration but with great sadness that the situation in Mariupol is much worse compared to what we saw in Bucha and other towns and villages near Kyiv,” he said.
Meanwhile, the White House said the atrocities committed by Russian forces in Bucha were part of a deliberate plan to inflict terror on civilians.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said: “We don’t believe this is just a random accident or the ill-wisher of any particular individual – we believe it was part of the plan.”
Moscow continues to deny responsibility for civilian killings committed during the war.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia is covering up war crimes
Russian occupiers are launching a “false campaign” to claim they are not responsible for alleged mass killings in different parts of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
“They are already launching a false campaign to hide their guilt in the mass killings of civilians in Mariupol. They will conduct dozens of staged interviews, re-edit footage, and target people to make it look like they were killed by someone else,” Zelensky said in his nightly address, explaining that Russian forces have a “different attitude toward them.” crime” in different regions.
“They used the same tactics when the occupiers shot down a Malaysian Boeing over Donbass. They blamed Ukraine. They even came up with various conspiracy theories. They even went so far as to claim that the bodies were “thrown” on board the plane before it crashed,” Zelenskyi said, urging Western nations to impose more sanctions on the Russian government.
The penalties “must finally be strong,” said Zelenskyj.
Arpan RaiApril 5, 2022 4:13 am
After Bucha massacre, Ukraine says no place for Russia in UNHRC
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the besieged country will collect all possible evidence to prove Russia’s “war crimes”.
The top minister spoke to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the events in Bucha and urged Russia to be removed from the UN Human Rights Council.
“No place for Russia in the UN Human Rights Council,” Mr Kuleba said on Twitter. “Ukraine will use all available UN mechanisms to gather evidence and bring Russian war criminals to justice,” the Ukrainian minister said.
The bodies of 410 civilians were found in towns around Kyiv, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova confirmed, after parts of the region were recently retaken from Russian control.
This has prompted a chorus of calls for tougher measures against Russia, with some calling for the country’s suspension from the UN human rights body, the Human Rights Council.
Arpan RaiApril 5, 2022 3:48 am
Facebook and Instagram temporarily block Bucha hashtags
Facebook and Instagram have briefly restricted hashtags related to civilian deaths in Ukraine’s Bucha, Meta officials said Monday.
Meta’s automated systems, which look for violent images on Facebook and Instagram, blocked hashtags like #bucha and #buchamassacre, company spokesman Andy Stone said.
“This happened automatically because of the graphic content people were posting with those hashtags. When the issue was brought to our attention yesterday, we acted quickly to unblock the hashtags,” Mr Stone wrote on Twitter.
This is in line with Facebook and Instagram policies that allow the posting of graphic or violent content if it aims to raise awareness and talk about potential human rights abuses.
Arpan RaiApril 5, 2022 3:42 am
US and Europe plan new sanctions against Russia
The US and Europe could impose fresh sanctions on Russia following the killings of civilians in Ukraine, reports said, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned of more deaths in the besieged country, with more confiscated areas expected to be uncovered.
In addition, the US will ask the UN General Assembly to exclude Russia from the Human Rights Council.
Arpan RaiApril 5, 2022 3:33 am
Pro-Moscow Vucic declares victory in Serbian elections
Aleksander Vucic, a Russia ally, won Serbia’s presidential and parliamentary elections, securing another five-year term in office.
With almost all of the votes counted, Mr. Vucic won around 60 percent of the votes in the presidential race. Meanwhile, his populist Serbian Progressive Party – a key Russia ally in the Balkans and Europe – secured 43 percent of the vote.
The projection means no run-off election is required and Mr Vucic can form the next Serbian government in a coalition with junior partners in the 250-strong assembly. The results will be officially announced on Monday evening.
Aisha Rimi has the story:
Emily AtkinsonApril 5, 2022 02:00
The US is pushing to expel Russia from the UN human rights body
The United States will ask the UN General Assembly to bar Russia from the Human Rights Council, the US ambassador to the United Nations said Monday after Ukraine accused Russian troops of killing dozens of civilians in the city of Bucha.
A two-thirds majority of the 193-member New York assembly can suspend a state if it persistently commits gross and systematic human rights abuses.
“Russia’s participation in the Human Rights Council is a farce,” said US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a visit to Romania.
“And it’s wrong, which is why we believe it’s about time the UN General Assembly voted to remove it.”
Thomas-Greenfield said she wants to vote this week.
Emily AtkinsonApril 5, 2022 1:00 am
Watch: US describes “litany of atrocities” in Ukraine
The US describes a “litany of atrocities” in Ukraine
Emily AtkinsonApril 5, 2022 00:00
Murders in Ukraine are tantamount to genocide, says Holocaust expert
Eugene Finkel was born in Lviv in western Ukraine and left the country when his family moved to Israel at the age of 13.
He has written a book on the Holocaust and previously published an article warning commentators and the media against casually using terms such as genocide, which the UN codified into law in 1948.
Emily AtkinsonApril 4, 2022 11:47 p.m
At least 300 civilians killed in Bucha, Zelenskyj says
Ukraine’s president has said he will address the UN Security Council on Tuesday, saying it is in Kiev’s interest to conduct investigations into the killings of civilians in the country that are as open as possible.
Volodymyr Zelenskyi said at least 300 civilians were killed in Bucha and he expects the number of victims in Borodyanka and other cities could be even higher.
“I would like to emphasize that we are interested in the most complete and transparent investigation possible, the results of which will be known and explained to the entire international community,” said Zelenskyy.
Emily AtkinsonApril 4, 2022 11:34 p.m
Russia claims Bucha ‘murders’ are ‘British-planned provocation’
A Russian state TV presenter has allegedly said the images and footage of bodies lying in Bucha were a “provocation planned by the British,” a BBC Monitoring journalist claimed.
Emily AtkinsonApril 4, 2022 10:52 p.m