Ukraine’s foreign minister says ‘horrors’ of civilian massacres in Bucha are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy said that the Bucha massacres are only the beginning of Russian “crimes”.
Dmytro Kuleba said the “horrors” of Mariupol and Bucha warrant “serious” G7 and EU sanctions.
Western leaders criticized Russia on Monday after the discovery of mass graves in the suburbs of kyiv.
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister said that the discovery of mass killings of civilians in the suburbs of kyiv, Bucha is only the “tip of the iceberg”.
“The horrors we saw in Bucha are just the tip of the iceberg of all the crimes that have been committed so far by the Russian military on Ukrainian territory,” Dmytro Kuleba told a conference Monday with British Foreign Secretary Liz. Truss in Warsaw, Poland.
Hundreds of Ukrainian civilians were found last weekend buried in mass graves in Bucha, which until a few days ago had been under Russian occupation for weeks.
Following the discovery, Western leaders and aid organizations have expressed outrage at the killings – with President Joe Biden calling for a war crimes trial against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Truss, meanwhile, tweeted earlier Monday that “reports of shallow graves outside Kyiv are truly horrifying”.
“We are working with allies and the ICC to ensure perpetrators are held accountable,” Truss said. “We will not rest until Russia pays the price for these appalling crimes.”
Kuleba also told the press conference that the humanitarian situation in the beleaguered port city of Mariupol is “much worse compared to what we have seen in Bucha and other towns, cities and villages, close to Kyiv. “.
Mariupol was the target of a brutal Russian bombing campaign for weeks as attempts to evacuate civilians and establish humanitarian corridors have repeatedly failed or been blocked.
Russian forces struck school, maternityand even a theater marked as a shelter with children inside. It remains unclear exactly how many Ukrainian civilians have died in Mariupol since the February 24 Russian invasion.
Kuleba said the “horrors” of Mariupol and Bucha warranted “serious” sanctions from the G7 and the European Union, and criticized Western countries for continuing to buy Russian energy exports.
Lithuania Minister of Foreign Affairs made similar remarks on Sunday, urging European countries to avoid buying Russian oil or gas after the Bucha massacres were uncovered.
“Purchase [Russian] oil and gas finance war crimes. Dear EU friends, pull out the plug. Don’t be complicit,” said Gabrielius Landsbergis.
After Monday’s press conference, Kuleba said he had coordinated with Truss to add new sanctions against Russia and the delivery of arms to Ukraine.
“After the Bucha massacre, Russia must be stopped now,” he said. tweeted. “No more half measures. G7 and EU sanctions must be devastating. Ukraine must be given all the necessary weapons.”
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