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Ukraine says Mariupol is “much worse” than Bucha as Russia commits “rapes, torture and murders”.

Dmytro Kuleba said the mass graves of Bucha near Kyiv were just the “tip of the iceberg” and that the situation in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol was getting worse

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Ukraine: Foreign Minister’s plea for “victims of rape, torture and killings”

Ukraine’s foreign minister today claimed the Bucha “atrocities” were just the “tip of the iceberg” as he accused Russia of “rape, torture and murders”.

Dmytro Kuleba said besieged Mariupol was “even worse” than Bucha near Kyiv, where images of charred bodies and mass graves emerged after Ukraine retook the area.

Alongside British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in Poland, he backed her call for Russia to be barred from the UN Human Rights Council, warning: “Half measures are no longer enough.”

He invited all Western leaders, still hesitating on sanctions, to visit Bucha and “stand in front of the mass grave. To see the bodies of dead Ukrainian women who were raped before being killed and which the Russians tried to set on fire to cover their crimes.”

The deputy mayor of Bucha said Sunday that 50 residents were victims of extrajudicial killings by Russian troops.







Dmytro Kuleba said besieged Mariupol was “even worse” than Bucha
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A mass grave was seen behind a church in the city of Bucha yesterday
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The Kremlin on Monday dismissed all allegations related to the killing of civilians in Bucha.

“This information must be seriously questioned,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “From what we’ve seen, our experts have identified signs of video forgery and other fakes.”

But Mr. Kuleba told journalists in Warsaw: “The horrors we saw in Bucha are just the tip of the iceberg of all the crimes committed by the Russian army on the territory of Ukraine so far.

“And I can tell you without exaggeration and with great sadness that the situation in Mariupol is much worse compared to what we saw in Bucha and other towns and villages near Kyiv.”

He said the “horrors” called for “heavy G7 and EU sanctions.” He added: “The West continues to feed the Russian war machine with payments for Russian fossil fuels, with trade between Russia and Western countries still taking place.

“Half measures are no longer enough.”







A photo shows massive destruction in the conflict zone of the city of Bucha after it was liberated by the Russian army
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The wreckage of a cargo plane is seen amid the destruction at the military airport in the town of Hostomel on the outskirts of Kyiv yesterday
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He called for tougher sanctions, adding: “This is not the demand of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister – this is the request of the victims of rape, torture and killings, their families and the entire Ukrainian nation.”

He invited people who still buy Russian gas, oil and coal – or who still have doubts about blocking Russia from SWIFT or blocking Russian ships from their ports – to stand by a mass grave of raped women.

He said: “I invite you all to visit Bucha immediately.

“Visit a small village and stand in front of the mass grave.

“To see the bodies of dead Ukrainian women who were raped before being killed and which the Russians tried to set on fire to cover their crimes.”

He added: “And I address this address to all foreign ministers who will be meeting at NATO, at the EU and at the G7 ministerial meeting this week. If you have any doubts, reluctance or disputes about the need to continue doing business with Russia, go to Bucha first and then talk to me.”







Liz Truss said Russia should be barred from the UN Human Rights Council
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It comes as leaders of Western nations prepare to meet in Brussels tomorrow to discuss the latest response.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she would push for a “tough new wave of sanctions” and said Russia had “no place in the UN Human Rights Council”.

She said Britain will pursue Russian ships, banks and gold and will seek a “clear timeline to limit our imports” of Russian oil, gas and coal. “Staying tough is the only approach that works. Putin has escalated this war,” she said.

After US President Joe Biden branded Putin a war criminal, she added: “We need justice at the International Criminal Court.”

She also called for the delivery of more arms to Ukraine to fight Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

Mr. Kuleba said: “Ukraine won the battle for Kyiv – but the war goes on”.

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