The weekend that ends, Sunday April 3, may correspond to a turning point in the war in Ukraine. On the one hand, the Ukrainian authorities claimed that all the occupied towns around kyiv had been “liberated from the invader”. On the other hand, Ukraine and its allies are alarmed by “possible war crimes” in Boutcha, while the bodies of civilians were found in this town near kyiv.
Russia, for its part, denounces a staging in Boutcha and rejects the many accusations leveled against it. Franceinfo summarizes the highlights of the day.
The kyiv region was “liberated from the invader”
Ukraine announced on Saturday that the entire kyiv region was now “liberated from the invader”Russian forces operating a “quick withdrawal” from the north of the country, but for the better “Stay in control” from “vast territories” occupy in the east and south.
While Russian troops withdrew from the kyiv and Cherniguiv regions (north) as announced, Ukrainian forces have been able to retake dozens of towns, devastated by the fighting: “Irpin, Boutcha, Gostomel and the entire kyiv region were liberated from the invader”Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Maliar said. According to Ukrainian prosecutor Iryna Venediktova, 410 civilian bodies were found in these towns.
kyiv denounces Russian “torture” in Boutcha, Moscow denies
Among the liberated towns is Boutcha, northwest of kyiv, where about 300 people had to be buried “in mass graves”its mayor, Anatoly Fedorouk, told AFP. An AFP journalist saw the bodies of at least twenty men in civilian clothes there. One of them with his hands tied behind his back, next to an open Ukrainian passport lying on the ground.
Ukraine on Sunday accused the Russian army of committing a “deliberate slaughter” in Boutcha, a town northwest of kyiv, as well as other “horrors”. For Volodymyr Zelensky, the Russian leaders are responsible for the “assassinations” and the “tortures” perpetrated in this locality, even evoking “genocide”.
Russia denounces a Ukrainian staging. The Russian Defense Ministry denied carrying out “violent actions” against civilians in this town near kyiv and accused the Ukrainian authorities of having manufactured “all photos and videos posted”.
The UN and Ukraine’s allies are alarmed by “possible war crimes” in Boutcha
Prayer of the crimes perpetrated in Boutcha was unanimous. For their part, Washington, Paris, Berlin or London have denounced the “atrocities”even the “war crimes” committed in this town north-west of kyiv.
In Geneva, the UN considered that the discovery of the bodies in Boutcha raised “serious questions about possible war crimes”. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, said “deeply shocked by the images of civilians killed in Boutcha”in the kyiv region, where many bodies were discovered after the departure of russian forces. “It is essential that an independent investigation allows for accountability” to officials, he added in a brief statement.
More than half a million people have returned to Ukraine since February 24
The Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs announced on Sunday, April 3, that 500,000 people had returned to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion. “During the past week, 144,000 people left Ukraine and 88,000 arrived there. In total, about 537,000 of our compatriots returned to Ukraine.”it said in a statement, citing data from the National Border Service.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, for its part, registered this Saturday more than four million (4,176,401) Ukrainians who had gone abroad since the outbreak of the conflict on February 24, that is, 38,559 more than in the previous account of the previous day. Europe has not seen such an influx of refugees since World War II.