Volodymyr Zelensky: Ukrainian president details alleged Russian atrocities in hard-hitting speech at UN


Zelensky described the aftermath of Russia’s withdrawal from Bucha in gruesome detail, describing entire families killed, people slit, women raped and killed in front of their children. He said Russia’s actions were no different from those of a terrorist group, except that Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
In Bucha, bodies strewn in the streets and in basements were found by human rights groups and documented by independent journalists. Satellite images suggest some bodies had been there since at least March 18.

In a damning speech, Zelensky said there was “not a single crime” that the Russians “won’t commit”, alleging that Russian troops had “searched for and deliberately killed anyone who served our country”.

“They shot and killed women in front of their houses when they were just trying to call someone… They killed whole families, adults and children and they tried to burn the bodies,” said Zelensky.

“I speak to you on behalf of the people who honor the memory of the deceased every day and in memory of the civilians who died, who were shot in the back of the head after being tortured,” he said. he told Security. Advice.

“Some of them were shot in the streets. Others were thrown into wells, so they died there suffering. They were killed in their apartments, their houses, blown up by grenades on the road, just for their pleasure,” the 44-year-old Ukrainian leader continued.

“They cut off limbs, slit their throats. Women were raped and killed in front of their children. Their tongues were pulled out only because the abuser didn’t hear what they wanted to hear from them. This is no different from other terrorists such as ISIS. And here it is done by a member of the United Nations Security Council.”

Russia has repeatedly denied the alleged atrocities, despite growing evidence to suggest otherwise. Earlier on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the claims not only “baseless, but…a well-staged tragic spectacle” and “false with the aim of denigrating the Russian military. “.

This is a developing story – more to come.


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