Revulsion at the atrocities committed by Russian forces in the Ukrainian town of Bucha dominates today’s front pages, as politicians line up around the world to condemn the slaughter of hundreds of civilians.
the shimmer simply says “Genocide” in its title under the dark slogan: “Putin’s latest atrocities”. He cites Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s use of the term but the page is devoted to a heartbreaking image of Bucha, just outside the Ukrainian capital, where the bodies of civilians have been dumped in the street. Hundreds of civilians were found in mass graves, he reports, and some had been tied up.
the Guardian carries a scene of destruction in Bucha on its front page, with the title: “Horror in Bucha: Russia accused of torture and massacre of civilians”. He notes the call for new sanctions and military support from the west in light of the massacre of unarmed civilians.
the Times has “Civilians Shot in the Streets” in its headline, and reports that many victims have been linked “execution-style” after its reporters visited two sites in Bucha. It quotes MI6 chief Richard Moore as saying the manner in which the killings were “horrible and chilling”. The front page of the newspaper contains graphic images.
the I emphasizes the fact that those killed were civilians with the title: “Massacre of the Innocents”. He notes Boris Johnson’s call to “starve Putin’s war machine”. In a dispatch from Ukraine, he also reports on the deplorable situation faced by millions of disabled people.
the FT and the Telegraph focus on the issue of sanctions. The FT reports the prospect of a full oil and fuel embargo, with European Council President Charles Michel saying further sanctions were on the way following the Bucha massacre. EU diplomats are expected to discuss new measures on Wednesday, he said.
The Telegraph is not showing any footage of the scenes in Ukraine, but says the UK and its allies will have no rest until Vladimir Putin is held accountable for war crimes following the scenes at Bucha and Irpin.
the Daily mail said the scenes in Ukraine evoke the horrors of World War II, reporting that the killings had been compared to “Nazi atrocities and Stalin’s Great Terror”. The title is “Putin’s stain on humanity”.
Subway quotes Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba for his title: “Worse than Isis”. He says the images of Bucha were too gruesome to print and includes the Kremlin’s claim that they were “staged”.
the Daily Express frames it in terms of Boris Johnson, with the Prime Minister’s promise to “make Putin pay for ‘despicable’ war crimes”. the Sun also notes Johnson’s comments in a side story on its front page.
the Scottish reads, “Russians fleeing kyiv leave trail of evidence of war crimes,” alongside a photo of Ukrainian troops patrolling the devastated streets of Bucha.