Russia on Tuesday accused Ukraine of staging further civilian deaths in a number of locations in a bid to shift blame to Moscow.
The Russian Defense Ministry made the statement after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded tough new sanctions against Moscow for the killings in the town of Bucha that drew international condemnation.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that the Ukrainian military had recorded a fake video purporting to show “peaceful civilians allegedly killed by Russian armed forces.”
The video was made Monday night in the Moshchun settlement about 20 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of kyiv and was designed for distribution by Western media, Moscow said.
“Similar events are now organized by Ukrainian special services in Sumy, Konotop and other cities,” the Russian Defense Ministry said, referring to cities in northeastern Ukraine.
The ministry did not specify how it obtained this information in its press release.
Over the weekend, dozens of bodies, some with their hands tied behind their backs, were discovered in Bucha near kyiv after Russian troops withdrew.
Ukraine blamed Russian forces, with Zelensky calling the killings “war crimes” and “genocide”.
Moscow denies responsibility, saying the footage is fake or the deaths occurred after Russian forces withdrew from the area.