Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reacted on Sunday to the horrors revealed in gruesome photos and videos from the Kyiv region attacked by Russian troops.
“Mothers of Russian soldiers should see this. Look what bastards you raised,” Zelenskyy posted on his Telegram channel. “Murderers, looters, butchers.”
Some of the graphic scenes referred to by the President are shown below.
Such photos and videos came from cities like Bucha and the Kiev suburbs of Irpin and Hostomel, which Zelenskyy adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said looked like a “scene from a horror movie.”
Ukrainian troops have discovered battered bodies and widespread destruction in the area outside the capital. Authorities said they were documenting evidence while the Ukrainian military is retaking territory and Russian soldiers are withdrawing to focus on fuel and ammunition supplies in southern and eastern Ukraine.
Illustrative photos of Bucha showed bodies in the streets, some of which Associated Press journalists in the area noted had been killed with their hands tied behind their backs and apparently at close range. Other bodies were wrapped in plastic, tied with duct tape and thrown into a ditch. Arestovych said some civilians were shot in the head and some bodies showed signs of torture, rape and burning.
Zelenskyy on Sunday also criticized NATO for not inviting Ukraine to join accession talks in 2008. During this year’s Alliance Summit in Bucharest, Romania, members invited Albania and Croatia to join NATO for membership talks.
“Years of hard work on the Membership Action Plan has paid off,” said the NATO Secretary General at the summit. “Because of your hard work, allies can be confident that your acceptance into the Alliance will strengthen NATO.”
The alliance was also tasked with deciding whether to grant MAP status to Georgia and Ukraine. No nation received such status, and they were left with an open-ended promise of eventual membership.
“Bucharest, NATO Summit Statement. April 3, 14 years ago. There was a chance to prevent Russia from coming,” Zelenskyy wrote in the same Telegram post on Sunday. “Bucha, Kyiv Oblast. Now. Russia has come.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked on Sunday about the prospect of guaranteeing security for Ukraine should the country pledge to neutrality as part of talks with Russia to end the war.
“All of this is up to the Ukrainians, so if they negotiate something that meets their needs, that preserves their sovereignty, their independence, we will support it,” Blinken told CNN’s State of the Union. “And we will not be less Ukrainian than Ukrainian. We will not be more Ukrainian than Ukrainians. So it is primarily up to them, to their elected representatives, to President Zelenskyy.
“When it comes to the future, we, our allies and partners will want to ensure that we do everything we can to ensure that this cannot happen again and that Ukraine has the means to defend itself and deter Russian aggression, He continued. “So we’re going to look at everything we can do to back up that kind of result.”