Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply shocked” by images of civilians killed in the Ukrainian town of Bucha and called for an independent investigation.
- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply shocked” by images of civilians killed in the town of Bucha, near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, and called for an independent investigation.
- Ukraine’s prosecutor general said the bodies of 410 civilians had been recovered from areas in greater Kyiv from which Russian forces had withdrawn.
- The Russian Defense Ministry denies that Russian forces killed civilians in Bucha.
Here are the latest updates:
EU must discuss ban on Russian gas imports: German minister
Germany’s defense minister said the European Union must discuss banning Russian gas imports after Ukrainian and European officials accused Russian forces of atrocities near Kyiv.
“There must be a response. The defense ministry quoted Christine Lambrecht as saying in an interview with public broadcaster ARD.
Earlier, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Western allies would agree to further sanctions against Russia in the coming days.
Satellite image showing trench at Bucha grave site: American company
A private US company says satellite images of the Ukrainian town of Bucha show a trench about 45 feet long dug in the grounds of a church where a mass grave has been identified.
The images, taken on March 31, follow on from an earlier image from March 10 showing signs of excavations on the grounds of the Church of Saints Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints, Maxar Technologies said.
Russia says Kyiv tries to disrupt peace talks with ‘provocation’ by Bucha
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow had requested a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss Kyiv’s efforts to disrupt peace talks and escalate violence. with a “provocation” in Bucha.
“The Russian Federation has requested a meeting of the United Nations Security Council regarding the provocation of the Ukrainian army and extremists in the city of Bucha,” Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel.
“The idea behind the ‘Kyiv regime’ next crime is the disruption of peace talks and the escalation of violence.”
British military intelligence says fierce fighting continues in Mariupol
British military intelligence reports that fierce fighting has continued in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol as Russian forces attempt to capture the strategic port city.
“The city continues to be subjected to intense, indiscriminate attacks, but Ukrainian Forces maintain a firm resistance, retaining control in central areas,” the defense ministry said.
UN chief calls for independent investigation into civilian deaths
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply shocked” by images of civilians killed in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, and called for an independent investigation “leading to effective accountability.” “.
Guterres posted his comments on Twitter a day after witnesses and officials said Russian troops killed hundreds of civilians as they withdrew from a town near Kyiv.
“I am deeply shocked by the images of civilians being killed in Bucha, Ukraine,” Guterres said, joining Western officials in expressing outrage.
“What is needed is an independent investigation that leads to effective accountability,” he said.
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