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Ukraine accuses Russian soldiers of killing unarmed civilians

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Ukraine accused Russian soldiers of killing unarmed civilians after large numbers of dead bodies were reported to have been found in Bucha, a small city 60km north-west of Kyiv which has been retaken by Ukrainian forces.

Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior adviser to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, posted an image on Twitter late Saturday appearing to show multiple dead bodies on the streets of Bucha. Some of the victims appeared to have their hands tied behind their backs.

“The bodies of people with tied hands, who were shot dead by [Russian] soldiers lie in the streets,” Podolyak said. “These people were not in the military. They had no weapons. They posed no threat. How many more such cases are happening right now in the occupied territories?”

British foreign secretary Liz Truss said the UK was collecting evidence of war crimes, adding that she was “appalled by atrocities in Bucha and other towns in Ukraine”.

“Reports of Russian forces targeting innocent civilians are abhorrent,” Truss wrote on Twitter. “The UK is working with others to collect evidence and support the International Criminal Court war crimes investigation. Those responsible will be held to account.”

Associated Press journalists in Bucha reported watching Ukrainian soldiers in the city use cables to drag bodies off the street. The AP quoted local residents as saying the dead were civilians who had been killed by Russian soldiers without provocation. There was no immediate response from the Kremlin or Russian defence ministry.

Agence France-Presse reporters in the city said they saw at least 20 bodies on a single street.

Anatoly Fedoruk, mayor of Bucha, told AFP that 280 other bodies had already been buried in mass graves in the town.

The reports came as Ukrainian forces claimed they had regained control of the entire Kyiv region, including Bucha and other nearby towns and cities. Hanna Maliar, the country’s deputy defence minister, said late Saturday that Ukraine’s…

2022-04-02 19:00:00

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