This Sunday the commotion grows for the Macabre discovery in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, where the Russian withdrawal left a mass of murdered civilians, thrown in the streets of the city, some handcuffed, others directly in mass graves. The Western response was to qualify “unacceptable” such a massacre and asked to clarify what happened.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that the killings of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine, they are “horrible”. “This is brutality against civilians that we haven’t seen in Europe for decades, and it’s horrific and absolutely unacceptable,” Stoltenberg told CNN, a day after the horrific images were released.
For his part, the head of United States diplomacy, Anthony Blinkensaid on Sunday that the sight of multiple civilian bodies strewn across the streets of Bucha, Ukraine, is “a punch in the stomach”.
“You can’t help but see these images as a punch in the stomach”Blinken told CNN. “This will be the daily reality as long as Russia’s brutality against Ukraine continues,” he added.
Bodies piled up in the streets of Bucha, the horror that the leaders of the West ask to clarify. (Photo Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)
“The mothers of Russian soldiers should see that. See what bastards they’ve raised. Murderers, looters, butchers,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was quoted as saying by the Kyiv Independent daily.
Germany also showed its rejection of what happened there. Foreign Minister Olaf Scholz called this Sunday for clarification of the “crimes” committed by the Russian Army. “Streets strewn with corpses. Barely buried bodies. There is talk of women, children and the elderly among the victims,” the foreign minister said in a statement released to the media.
“I ask that international organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross have access to these areas to document these atrocities independently,” added Scholz, who stressed that “perpetrators” must be “accounted for consistently.”
For his part, the German Economy Minister and Deputy Chancellor, Robert Habeck, condemned what he described as “terrible war crimes” in statements to the newspaper “Bild”. “I think it is necessary toughen sanctions. We are preparing it with our partners in the European Union,” she added.
Mass graves in the city of Bucha (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Other Ukrainian officials spoke along the same lines. kyiv called for stronger sanctions against Russia for the carnage perpetrated. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba denounced Sunday via Twitter that the killings were “deliberate” and “what the Russians wanted was kill as many ukrainians as possible”.
There he called on the West to impose an embargo on Russian oil, gas and coal, and to close all ports in the world to Russian ships. He further called for all Russian banks to be disconnected from the international financial system known as SWIFT.
Ukrainian authorities reported shortly before that a large number of dead civilians were found on the streets of kyiv suburbs such as Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel after the withdrawal of Russian troops.
The horror in the streets of Bucha
The city was under Russian rule. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
“The street of terror” was called by the world press. Located just on the outskirts of kyiv, to the northwest in its suburban area, this small town of just 30,000 inhabitants was under Russian occupation, which pressed for almost a month to try to enter the Ukrainian capital, without success.
Given the withdrawal of Vladimir Putin’s forces, the re-entry of the Ukrainian troops was accompanied by a chronicler from the international agency AFP, who was able to record the path of horror in the liberated city.
The bodies of at least 20 people dressed in civilian clothes they were scattered on Saturday along one of the streets. One of the corpses had his hands tied behind his back. Ukrainian officials said they still did not know who the victims were or how they died. Apparently they were victims of summary executions.
A woman walks among the remains of the tanks that were scattered in the streets (AP/Rodrigo Abd)
The fighting and bombing left a apocalyptic scenewith huge holes in residential buildings and smashed cars in various parts of the city,
“This territory was not under Ukrainian control” when they were killed, a kyiv regional official told AFP, requesting anonymity.
“We just entered Bucha (…). We still don’t know what happened here“, he added. “They could be civilians killed in a bombing or they could have been killed by Russian soldiers. The security forces will find out,” he added.
All the dead were dressed in civilian clothes: coats, T-shirts, pullovers, jeans or jogging pants, and sneakers or boots. Two lay next to bicycles and another near an abandoned car. Some were face down and others on their backs.
A man with his hands tied behind his back. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
The faces of the deceased had a waxy appearance, which could indicate that they had been in the place for several days. The mayor of Bucha said on Saturday that they have already been buried in the town 280 dead in a mass gravegiven the impossibility of using the municipal cemetery.
In the early hours of Sunday, a group of local rescuers found a mass grave where 57 corpses were piled up, some of them partially buried. “Here, in this big grave, 57 people are buried,” said Serhii Kaplychny, the head of the local rescuers and organizer of the rescue of the bodies, who showed the place to the AFP agency.
There is still no certainty about the total number of dead.