Images and videos of dead Ukrainian civilians in Bucha, a town outside of Kyiv abandoned by Russian forces, were seen around the world
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Vladimir Putin has been accused of genocide when horrifying footage emerged of dead civilians lying in the street with their hands tied behind their backs.
Images and videos of dead Ukrainian civilians in Bucha, a town outside of Kyiv abandoned by Russian forces, were seen around the world.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said citizens were being “exterminated” as Western leaders condemned the images.
“Indeed this is genocide. The annihilation of the whole nation and people,” Zelenskyy told CBS, speaking through a translator.
“We are citizens of Ukraine and do not want to submit to the policies of the Russian Federation.
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“That is why we are being destroyed and exterminated.”
Zelensky’s comments came a day after Ukrainian forces moved into the city of Bucha, near Kyiv, and officials and witnesses said they were the bodies of civilians killed by Russian forces.
The Russian Defense Ministry denied the allegations, saying footage and photos showing bodies in Bucha were “another provocation” by Kiev.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Sunday it had found “several cases of violations of martial law by Russian forces” in Russian-controlled regions such as Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Kyiv.
Asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin would be held accountable, Zelenskyy said others were also to blame.
“I think all military commanders, everyone who gave instructions and orders, should be punished appropriately.”
When asked what would constitute an appropriate punishment, he said, “If we find people with their hands tied behind their backs and beheaded … I don’t know what law or imprisonment would be appropriate for that.”
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the images of dead Ukrainian civilians found in Bucha were a “punch in the gut” and that those responsible must be held accountable.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the killings in Bucha “brutality” that had not been seen in Europe for decades.
Asked whether Russian forces would have to withdraw to positions before the February 24 invasion, Zelenskyy said: “It should be a 100 percent withdrawal of troops to the existing borders
at least before February 24.”
“That would prompt us to at least discuss other questions about the dissolution of the cast.”
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