Ukraine authorities have found scenes “hard to describe” with dead bodies of “executed civilians” and “mass graves” in areas that have been liberated from Russian control, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s spokesperson has said.
Russian forces have “executed” civilians in Bucha, northwest of Kyiv with their hands tied behind their backs and were shot dead “in the back of their heads” which “looks exactly like war crimes.”
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Sergey Nikiforov told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme that they found horrific scenes in Bucha were “really hard to describe.”
He said, “We found mass graves.
“We found people with their hands and with their legs tied up… and with shots, bullet holes, in the back of their head.
“They were clearly civilians and they were executed.
“We found half-burned bodies as if somebody tried to hide their crimes but they didn’t have enough time to do it properly.”
Bucha massacre was deliberate. Russians aim to eliminate as many Ukrainians as they can. We must stop them and kick them out. I demand new devastating G7 sanctions NOW:
-Oil, gas, coal embargo
-Close all ports to Russian vessels and goods
-Disconnect all Russian banks from SWIFT pic.twitter.com/oZkCAETCQp
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) April 3, 2022
Nikiforov was asked if the scenes amount to war crimes, he said, “It looks, I have to be careful with my wording, but it looks exactly like war crimes.”
Photographs show residents of Buch lying dead on the roads who were executed by Russian troops for no reason.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement the government is “seeing increasing evidence of appalling acts by the invading forces in towns such as Irpin and Bucha.”
She said the “indiscriminate attacks against innocent civilians… must be investigated as war crimes.
“We will not allow Russia to cover up their involvement in these atrocities through cynical disinformation and will ensure that the reality of Russia’s actions are brought to light.”
Truss added, “We will not rest until those responsible for atrocities, including military commanders and individuals in the Putin regime, have faced justice.”