About twenty bodies of civilians executed in the same street, nearly three hundred corpses found in the city… This is the macabre discovery made by the Ukrainian forces in Boutcha, a city north-west of kyiv, just taken up in the Russian army on Saturday April 2.
This massacre “was deliberate, denounced Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba Sunday on Twitter. The Russians want to eliminate as many Ukrainians as they can. We have to stop them and put them out. I demand devastating new G7 sanctions NOW,” quoting a “oil, gas and coal embargo”the closure of all “ports to Russian ships and goods” and the “disconnection of all Russian banks from Swift”.
An adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Mykhaïlo Podoliak, for his part compared Boutcha to the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia in 1995, he accused the West of trying “not to provoke the Russians” to avoid a Third World War. “As a result, the world saw an indescribable horror of inhumanity in Boutcha, Irpine, Hostomel. Hundreds, thousands of people killed, torn apart, raped, tied up, raped again and killed again”he wrote on Telegram messaging. “Are you going to try to turn away again? To organize another summit to worry and shake your head? »he said, addressing European leaders.
Threats of new sanctions
The latter responded to this call by denouncing Russian abuses and calling for new sanctions.
German Vice-Chancellor and Economics Minister Robert Habeck denounced a “terrible war crime [qui] cannot remain unanswered”. “I think that a reinforcement of the sanctions is indicated. This is what we are preparing with our partners in the European Union (EU)”added the environmentalist in an interview with the German newspaper Picture.
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, also said “shocked by the haunting images of atrocities committed by the Russian army in the liberated region of kyiv”, on Twitter. “The EU is helping Ukraine and NGOs to gather the necessary evidence for prosecution in international courts”he said, adding: “More EU sanctions and aid are on the way. » The EU has already adopted several sets of sanctions against Moscow since the offensive in Ukraine, massively targeting companies, banks, senior officials, oligarchs, and banning the export of goods to Russia.
The British Foreign Minister, Liz Truss, for her part denounced the “revolting acts” committed by the Russian army against civilians in Ukraine, particularly in Boutcha, in the kyiv region. “Their indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians during Russia’s unlawful and unjustified invasion of Ukraine must be investigated for war crimes”she said in a statement. “We will not allow Russia to cover up its involvement in these atrocities through cynical disinformation”continued the head of diplomacy.
She assured that the UK would support “fully any investigation by the International Criminal Court” and called again “increase penalties” against Russia.
Butcha and the nearby town of Irpine, rendered unrecognizable by shelling, have been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting since Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, when Russian soldiers were trying to surround kyiv.
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