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Zelensky accuses Russia of plotting cover-up of ‘crimes’ in occupied territory

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Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that Russians were planning to “hide their guilt” over further atrocities in the territories of Ukraine that remain under Moscow’s control, after its troops retreating from Kyiv’s suburbs in recent days left behind the corpses of hundreds of civilians.

The remarks by Ukraine’s president on Tuesday came as the US Treasury announced new steps to make it more difficult for Russia to make debt payments in dollars through American banks, bringing Moscow a step closer to a potential default on its obligations to international investors.

Zelensky toured the town of Bucha and other suburbs of Kyiv with foreign journalists on Monday as investigators began to gather evidence of what Ukrainian officials have called “war crimes” committed by Russian troops before they withdrew.

After world leaders condemned the apparent mass killings and several EU countries expelled Russian diplomats in response, Zelensky said he expected the occupying forces might “deal differently with their crimes” in the Ukrainian territories that remained under their control in the east and south of the country.

“They are already carrying out an active campaign to hide their guilt of mass murders of civilians in Mariupol,” Zelensky said in a video address. “They will do dozens of staged interviews, re-edited recordings, will purposely kill people in a way to make it look like someone else killed them.”

Zelensky added that he expected the Russians to “clean up the evidence of their crimes”.

Russia has denied that any civilians were harmed during its occupation of Bucha. Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said reports of the killings were a “fake attack” after his department accused Ukraine’s government of staging a “hoax” for western media.

Ukrainian troops and journalists who entered Bucha and other towns near Kyiv that were captured by the Russians found the bodies of dead civilians lying in the streets and freshly…

2022-04-05 03:44:32

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