Further rapes and slaughter have become routine whether Russian forces are advancing or retreating.
The dozens of corpses strewn in the streets with their hands tied bear the marks of war crimes.
Neither have hospitals, day-care centers or overcrowded apartment blocks been spared since Putin opened up this inventory of atrocities by invading them.
The indiscriminate killings and deliberate slaughter of civilians require a global response, led by Europe – unfolding on our doorstep,
With Putin’s creepy signature now capitalized in Bucha, the EUThe response of “more discussion” about “more sanctions” seems shamefully anemic. This would be their fifth wave. While they claim to be robust, they have proven extremely inefficient in achieving their dual goals. Whether to deter Putin from further aggression or to protect the people of Ukraine from his excesses, they have failed.
As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “We know of thousands of people who have been killed and tortured, with severed limbs, raped women and murdered children.”
Moscow insists the killings were “staged” to smear its name. But the catalog of Putin’s cruelty was already damning enough to require no further invention.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin also condemned the barbarism “in the strongest terms”. “Nothing can be ruled out,” he said in reference to an answer. “I think Europe is repelled by that.
“In my view, the Russian Federation and Putin have gone above and beyond.”
He said Ireland will work with our European partners to take action.
But there’s the catch: What exactly are we willing to do? The more than €1 billion in oil and gas that the EU buys from Moscow every day will no doubt be used by Putin to fund his war in Ukraine.
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said she was “appalled by the images of civilians lying dead in the streets and in improvised graves”. “Putin and his supporters will feel the consequences,” said Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
But will they? To this day, Brussels can’t even agree to hit where it really hurts: on energy.
French President Emmanuel Macron said new sanctions should include oil and coal.
According to Ukrainian estimates, the war has already cost the lives of 20,000 people.
Another 4.2 million women and children had to flee. At such a terrible human cost, urgent questions will surely be asked about the EU if it cannot muster the will to agree on an energy and trade embargo. US President Joe Biden has called for Putin to be brought before the International Criminal Court.
Such a step can take years, but it is worth pursuing. Brute force must never end the path of justice.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/after-horror-of-bucha-talk-of-sanctions-seems-shamefully-anaemic-41520931.html After the Bucha scare, talk of sanctions seems shamefully anemic