Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday called the killing of civilians in the town of Bucha, outside the recaptured capital, kyiv, a “genocide”.
“These are war crimes and it will be recognized by the world as genocide,” Zelensky said during a visit to Bucha, where bodies were found strewn across the city after it was taken over by kyiv’s army. .
“You stand here today and see what happened. We know that thousands of people have been killed and tortured with their extremities cut off, women raped, children killed,” he told reporters. journalists wearing bulletproof vests and accompanied by soldiers.
“It’s genocide,” he added.
Ukraine and Western countries accused Russian troops of war crimes after mass graves were discovered and apparently executed civilians in Bucha, prompting calls for action at the International Criminal Court.
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied that its troops killed civilians in the town recently recaptured by Ukrainian soldiers.
Britain, France, Germany, the United States and NATO have all expressed horror at footage of Bucha, where some of the bodies lying in public appeared to have been bound by their hands and feet before dying. to be slaughtered.