Update at 5 p.m.
Zelensky accuses Russia of committing ‘genocide’. In an interview with the US channel CBS, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday accused Russia of committing a “genocide” in Ukraine to eliminate “the whole nation”the day after the discovery of numerous bodies in the streets of Boutcha, a town on the outskirts of kyiv.
About 300 people buried in Boutcha. “We have already buried 280 people”, the city’s mayor, Anatolii Fedoruk, said on Saturday. Boutcha had been retaken in the last few hours by Ukrainian forces after nearly a month of Russian occupation. The evaluation is in progress.
Ukraine demands more sanctions against Russia. “The Russians want to eliminate as many Ukrainians as they can. We have to stop them and turn them off. I demand devastating new sanctions from the G7 NOW Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter, citing a “oil, gas and coal embargo”, the closure of all “ports for Russian ships and goods” and the “disconnection of all Russian banks from Quick “.
Russia denies any abuse. “Where have these images gone for four days? The fact that they disappeared only confirms that it is false.” says the Russian Ministry of Defense on its Telegram channel, adding that the Russian army left Boucha on March 30.
“The Russian authorities will have to answer for these crimes,” Macron said. “The images that reach us from Boutcha, a liberated town near kyiv, are unbearable. In the streets, hundreds of cowardly murdered civilians”, lamented the French president on Twitter.
The voices of the international community are raised. In addition to French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz demanded that light be shed on the “Crimes Committed by the Russian Army”. “It has to stop”said the head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken. The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, for his part, denounced acts « horrible » and “absolutely unacceptable” against civilians.
Mayor of Motyjyn was ‘killed in captivity’ by Russian troops. This was announced on Sunday by Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk. The kidnapping in this town west of kyiv of Olha Sukhenko and her husband, also found dead on Saturday, was declared March 26 by the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office. Kidnapped on March 19 and 25, the mayors of Berislav and Snivske, respectively in the Kherson (South) and Chernihiv (North) region, have been released, kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on his Telegram account. .
A series of explosions in Odessa. Several huge columns of black smoke and flames rose this morning over an industrial area of Ukraine’s main port on the Black Sea, in the southwest of the country. The explosions caused no casualties, according to the Ukrainian military. After airstrikes by Russian forces in the port city of Odessa, local authorities announced that several rocket attacks had hit Mykolaiv.