Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba accused Russian troops this Sunday of orchestrate a “massacre” in Buchain the Kiev region, and has asked the G7 for a series “new devastating sanctions” against Moscow, straight away. Ukraine estimates the death toll of Russian troops at “hundreds” passing through the recently liberated areas near Kiev.
“The Bucha massacre was intentional. The goal of the Russians is to eliminate as many Ukrainians as possible. We have to stop them and kick them out,” he said on his Twitter account.
“I now demand new and devastating sanctions from the G7,” the minister added, before proposing embargo on Russian oil, gas and coalthe gate closure to all Russian ships and goods, and the uncoupling of all Russian ships of the SWIFT financial exchange mechanism.
The Bucha massacre was intentional. The Russians aim to eliminate as many Ukrainians as possible. We have to stop them and kick them out. I NOW demand new devastating G7 sanctions:
-Oil, gas, coal embargo
-Close all ports for Russian ships and goods
-Unlink all Russian banks from SWIFT pic.twitter.com/oZkCAETCQp
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) Apr 3, 2022
Zelensky calls the massacre “genocide”
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky has described: “genocide” the mass murder of civilians, denounced by the Ukrainian authorities, committed by Russian troops in the city of Bucha, on the outskirts of Kiev.
When asked on CBS whether Russia is committing genocide, Zelensky replied in the affirmative. ‘Naturally. This is genocide,” he declared.
“The extermination of an entire nation and its people. We are citizens of Ukraine. We have over a hundred nationalities. This is about the destruction and extermination of all these nationalities,” he said.
Ukraine does not want to be “subject to the policies of the Russian Federation,” he argued. “This is why we are being destroyed and exterminated,” he stressed. “This is happening in Europe in the 21st century. It is the torture of an entire nation,” he added.
Russia denies its troops committed war crimes in Bucha
For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense has denied that his troops committed war crimes during his occupation of the city of Bucha.
In a statement collected by TASS, the ministry assures that, during the time Bucha was under the control of the Russian armed forces, “no local resident experienced any violent actions”, while “Ukrainian troops attacked the city 24 hours a day with large-caliber artillery, tanks and multiple missile launch systems”.
The ministry assures that “all Russian units completely left Bucha on March 30” and recalls that, a day after the withdrawal, the mayor of Bucha “confirmed that there was no Russian army in the city without ever mentioning its existence.” of inhabitants living in the streets.”
During the time that Russia occupied the city, its troops allowed all local residents “to leave the city freely to the north, including to the Republic of Belarus”, while “moving freely through the city and using mobile communication”.
The ministry assures regarding the images that “all the photos and video sequences” about the existence of corpses in the city are nothing more than a “staging of the Kiev regime to the western media as a maternity hospital in Mariupol once was”, and that all these “proofs of crimes” appeared days later, with the arrival of the press in the city.