Vivid evidence that the withdrawal of Russian troops has tortured and slaughtered scores of Ukrainian civilians has prompted calls for a criminal charge against Vladimir Putin over the invasion.
The UK’s and Kiev’s other western allies “vowed yesterday not to rest” until the Russian president “is held accountable for war crimes after hundreds of dead civilians were discovered” in and around the recently liberated city of Bucha in north-west Ukraine Capital city, The Telegraph reported.
As “images of dead leftists on street corners or in front yards” continue to surface, the international community is “shocked” and has “new calls for those behind the atrocities to face justice,” the newspaper said.
Terror of Bucha
As Russian forces withdraw from the Kyiv region to channel their firepower further south and east, Ukrainian troops have returned to “discover mass graves, torture and the broken bodies of residents lying in the streets,” it said Sky newsSecurity and Defense Editor Deborah Haynes.
When troops first reentered Bucha, “their vehicles had to swerve to avoid civilian corpses”. The times‘ reported Catherine Philp from the city. “A catalog of horrors pointing to widespread war crimes emerges, a grim hint of what might still be found in cities under Russian control or siege,” she wrote.
In Bucha, according to The Telegraph, some locals, “including children, appear to have been tied by the arms and executed. Others who appeared to be fleeing were beheaded.”
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said after the discovery of the bodies of an estimated 410 civilians in formerly Russian-held areas around Kyiv CBS News that “this is genocide – the annihilation of the whole nation and people”.
“We are citizens of Ukraine and do not want to submit to the policies of the Russian Federation,” the Ukrainian leader continued in a videolink interview with the Face the nation Program. “That is why we are being destroyed and exterminated.”
Oleksiy Arestovych, a senior adviser to Zelenskyi, told the channel that the scenes in Bucha resembled a “scene from a horror movie”. The President’s Office shared images showing at least one mass grave.
Zelenskyy has also called for sharing the images of the dead in the neighboring country. In a powerful address Speaking in Russian, he said: “I want every mother of every Russian soldier to see the bodies of those killed in Bucha, in Irpin, in Hostomel.
“What did you do? Why were they murdered? … Why were women strangled after their earrings were ripped out of their ears? How could women be raped and murdered in front of their children? Their bodies were tortured even after they died?
“Hundreds of people were killed. Tortured, executed civilians. corpses on the street. Even the bodies of the dead were dismantled. Concentrated evil has come to our land.”
“No Denial or Disinformation”
Boris Johnson warned yesterday that “Russia’s heinous attacks on innocent civilians” in Bucha and the nearby town of Irpin are “further evidence that Putin and his army are committing war crimes in Ukraine.”
The Prime Minister sends specialized police and military investigators to support the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigations into war crimes. “No denial or disinformation by the Kremlin can hide what we all know to be the truth – Putin is desperate, his invasion is failing and Ukraine’s resolve has never been stronger,” a statement by Johnson.
Secretary of State Liz Truss underscored this message, saying, “We will not allow Russia to cover up its involvement in these atrocities through cynical disinformation, and we will ensure that the reality of Russia’s actions is brought to light.”
Other foreign leaders have also called for justice for the slaughtered Ukrainian people.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz described the images that emerged from Bucha as “terrible and frightening”. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said: “There has to be an answer. Such crimes must not go unanswered.”
Emmanuel Macron also stressed that “the Russian authorities must answer for these crimes”. The pictures from Bucha were “intolerable,” said the French President, adding: “My sympathy for the victims, my solidarity with the Ukrainians.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed to support the documentation of war crimes, describing the scenes in Bucha as “a punch in the gut”.
“We can’t go numb to that,” Blinken said CNN‘S state of the nation Show. “We can’t normalize this. This is the reality of what is happening every single day as long as Russia’s brutality against Ukraine continues.”
Although the international community has pledged to bring those responsible to justice, war crimes are notoriously “difficult to prosecute,” it said axoispredicting that Putin is unlikely to land before The Hague.
reference to atrocities in other Ukrainian cities, The guard‘s correspondent in Kyiv, Daniel Boffey, said: “Bucha is the newest, but Chernihiv, Mariupol and Kharkiv forestalled and endured similar treatment.”
First came “a communications blackout and the disruption of essential supplies of electricity, gas and water,” before “the blanket bombing of civilian targets alongside the false offer of humanitarian corridors,” Boffey wrote.
Putin used the same tactics both in the Second Chechen War and in support of Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria without facing war crimes charges.
And while Russia has been accused of “deliberately attacking civilians and health facilities, taking hostages and violating other international laws” during the invasion of Ukraine, Axios said, “investigating and prosecuting war crimes can take years.”
Even if the International Criminal Court can present evidence that Putin or “senior” Russian officials “gave orders or had knowledge to target civilians or other actions that could constitute war crimes,” the news site continued, “a trial cannot take place.” shall be carried out unless the officer is in detention”.
And that seems extremely unlikely Putin would ever face justice.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/world-news/russia/956320/will-vladimir-putin-face-justice-russian-atrocities-ukraine Will Vladimir Putin be tried for Russian atrocities in Ukraine?