CNN was unable to independently confirm details of the men’s deaths.
Russia responds. The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that the many images of corpses in Bucha were “false”, claiming that “not a single local resident suffered any violent acts” during the Russian occupation of Bucha.
“In the settlements of the Kyiv region, Russian military personnel delivered and distributed 452 tons of humanitarian aid to civilians,” he said in a statement. A separate statement claimed the footage was staged.
The Russian government has always responded to allegations of civilian casualties inflicted by Russian forces with blanket denials.
The bodies were first buried in the grave, on the grounds of the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints, in the early days of the war, residents told CNN. About 150 people, mostly civilians killed in fighting around the city, are buried there, residents said. The mayor of Bucha said in public remarks on Saturday that there could be up to 300 victims buried there. CNN has not been able to independently verify these numbers or the identities and nationalities of those buried in the tomb.
“A punch in the stomach.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that the State Department would help document all atrocities committed by the Russian military against Ukrainian civilians.
When asked Sunday if Russian troops were committing genocide, Blinken did not go as far as Zelensky.
“We’re going to be watching carefully and documenting everything we see, putting it all together, making sure the relevant institutions and organizations looking at this, including the State Department, have everything they need to assess exactly what’s going on. happened in Ukraine, who is responsible and what it represents,” he said.
New survey coming? The senior UN official said an “independent investigation” into the civilians killed in Bucha is “essential” to ensure “effective accountability”.
“I am deeply shocked by the images of civilians killed in Bucha, Ukraine,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement on Sunday.
“As for our sanctions, we have always said that we will continue to pressure President Putin, the Kremlin, everyone around him, including the oligarchs and the cronies who are reinforcing this war of choice against the Ukraine, until and unless the Kremlin de-escalates, until and unless the violence subsides, and until and unless these kinds of atrocities end. So I suspect that you you’ll see that extra pressure apply very soon,” Price told MSNBC on Sunday.
“More conclusions are needed. Not only about Russia, but also about the political behavior that allowed this evil to come to our land,” he added.
Expect the attacks to continue. This is not a “real withdrawal of Russian forces”, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, warning that attacks in Ukraine would continue.