As the war in Ukraine enters its seventh week, Monday, April 4,Westerners have called for research into “war crimes” attributed to Russian soldiers in the Kiev region, especially in Boutcha. Many bodies of civilian victims are still found there after the Russian withdrawal. Moscow rejects “categorically all costs”† Franceinfo looks back at the most important events of the day.
Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky denounces ‘genocide’
Volodomyr Zelensky looked serious, wearing a khaki coat and camouflage-colored body armor and spent half an hour in Boutcha, where he accused Russian troops of committing “war crimes” will be “recognized as genocide”† His trip – the first from Kiev since the Russian invasion – had not been announced. The Ukrainian president arrived in the middle of the day, surrounded by a close guard of armed soldiers. From that moment on, communication with the outside world became impossible, no telephone network was available.
Bodies are still being discovered in Boutcha and the surrounding area
The bodies of five men with their hands tied were found in the basement of a children’s sanatorium in Bucha, Ukraine’s attorney general’s office announced. That “unarmed civilians” whose corpses were exhumed by the police? “beaten” before you are “you are” by means of “soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”we assured from the same source on Telegram.
After the withdrawal of the Russian army, dozens of civilian bodies were found this weekend in Boutcha, on the streets or in mass graves.
In the small village of Motyzhyn, west of Kiev, the bodies of the mayor, her husband, their son and two other men were found. The bodies were half buried in a pit dug in a pine forest adjacent to the mayor’s house, and the body of another man lay at the bottom of a small well in the yard. Police said the five people had their hands tied behind their backs.
Moscow “categorically” denies all these allegations
Russia will present at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday, “documents” show, according to her, the “true nature” events in Boutcha, his foreign minister announced, Sergei Lavrov† The Kremlin has “categorically” denied all charges related to the discovery of a large number of dead civilians in that city. Sergei Lavrov called the body images “false”denounce a campaign by “propaganda” and from “disinformation”†
Towards new Western sanctions and expelled Russian diplomats
The United States and its allies would like to announce: “this week” new economic sanctions against Russia, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced. Discussions mainly focus on possible measures “related to energy”a very sensitive subject for Europeans, who are very dependent on Russian gas.
JakeSullivan insisted on looking for “conformity” with the European Union, which, for its part, is in talks about “emergency” new sanctions against Moscow.
France and Germany have also announced the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from their countries. “This action is part of a European approach”according to a press release from the French ministry.
Fears of ‘mass attack’ in eastern and southern Ukraine
Russian troops prepare for a “mass attack” against Ukrainian troops in the Lugansk region of eastern Ukraine, Governor Serguii Gaidai has announced. “We see equipment coming from different directions, they (the Russians) bring men, they bring fuel”he said in a video message.
Earlier, a senior Pentagon official said the…Two-thirds of the Russian troops that had occupied the Kiev region since the invasion began had withdrawn to Belarus with a view to another attack elsewhere in Ukraine. Russia “is in the process of repositioning its forces to focus its offensive on eastern and parts of southern Ukraine”White House National Security Adviser confirmed Monday.
“Russia tried to subjugate all of Ukraine and failed. Now it will try to impose itself in certain parts of the country”assessed JakeSullivangiven that this new phase of the Russian military offensive “may take months or more”†