TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters Monday he condemned reported attacks on civilians in Ukrainian towns on the outskirts of Kyiv “as a violation of international law.”
European leaders have already condemned the reported attacks, responding to images of dead bodies in the streets, including some with their hands tied behind their backs.
Kishida said “Japan will resolutely do what it should do” while working with the international community on possible further sanctions against Russia.
“We must strongly condemn human rights issues and actions that violate international law,” Kishida added.
Japan, in line with the United States and other Western nations, has imposed a series of sanctions on Russia.
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LAS VEGAS — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared in a video at the Grammy Awards asking for assistance in telling the story of Ukraine’s invasion by Russia.
During the recorded message, which aired on the show Sunday night, he spoke in English and compared the attack to a deadly silence that threatened to wipe out the dreams and lives of the Ukrainian people, including children.
In his words: “Our musicians wear protective vests instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals, even to those who cannot hear them. But the music will break through anyway.”
The Recording Academy and its partner Global Citizen highlighted a social media campaign called “Stand Up For Ukraine” ahead of the ceremony to raise money and humanitarian support.
Zelenskyy told the audience: “Fill the silence with your music. Complete it today to tell our story. Tell the truth about the war on your social networks, on TV, support us in any way you can, but don’t be silent. And then peace will come to all our cities.”
Following Zelenskyy’s message, John Legend performed his song “Free” with Ukrainian musicians Siuzanna Iglidan and Mika Newton and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk while images from the war were shown on screens behind them.
Kyiv, Ukraine — Ukraine’s military says its forces have recaptured some towns in the Chernihiv region and humanitarian aid is being delivered.
According to the RBK Ukraina news agency, the road between Chernihiv and the capital Kyiv is expected to reopen to traffic later on Monday.
Chernihiv, a city 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Kyiv, was cut off from food and other relief supplies for weeks. The mayor said Sunday that relentless Russian shelling had destroyed 70% of the city.
Russian forces were also withdrawing from the Sumy region in northeastern Ukraine, local administrator Dmitry Zhivitsky said in a video message relayed by Ukrainian news outlets on Sunday. The troops had occupied the area for almost a month.
In other areas recently retaken by Russian forces, Ukrainian officials said they have recovered hundreds of civilians killed in recent days. The Prosecutor General of Ukraine said the bodies of 410 civilians were recovered in cities in the Kyiv area.
Kyiv, Ukraine – Ukraine’s Attorney General says the bodies of 410 civilians have been removed from towns in the Kyiv area recently retaken by Russian forces.
Iryna Venediktova says on Facebook that the bodies were recovered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. She says 140 of them have been examined by prosecutors and other specialists.
Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk said the mayor of the village of Motyzhyn in the Kyiv region was assassinated while being held by Russian forces. Vereshchuk adds that 11 mayors and municipal leaders are in Russian captivity across Ukraine.
In a video address on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denounced the alleged targeted killings of civilians in Russian-held cities, calling the killers “freaks who don’t know how to do it any differently”. He warns that more atrocities could be uncovered if Russian forces were driven out of other occupied territories.
International leaders have condemned the reported attacks in cities in the Kyiv region after harrowing accounts of civilians and vivid images of bodies with their hands tied behind their backs.
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied allegations of atrocities against civilians in Bucha and other Kyiv suburbs.