Ukrainian MP Kira Rudik talks calls for trials over war crimes
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A mass grave was opened up in Bucha on Friday and authorities exhumated corpses with firearms and shrapnel wounds on them. Witnesses said that some of these people were killed only for trying to escape through evacuations or for being heard speaking Ukrainian.
Bucha’s deputy mayor, Taras Shapravskyi, said on Friday more than 360 civilians were killed and around 260-280 were buried by other residents in the mass grave, Reuters reported.
He added that there were two parallel trenches dug at the mass grave site, with bodies piled on top of each other in layers.
Another mass grave with dozens of bodies was discovered in the village of Buzova, west of Kyiv, on Saturday.
It came as Russian troops launched a missile on the Kramatorsk train station in eastern Ukraine where people, mainly women and children, were waiting to be evacuated.
At least 50 people lost their lives during this attack, including five children.
Satellites images released on April 3 showed a 45-foot-long mass grave dug under a Ukrainian church.
Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Iryna Venediktova revealed that 1,222 people are confirmed dead in the Kyiv region.
She said an investigation into war crimes has been launched, with 500 suspects so far identified.
These include senior officials of the Russian army as well as Russian politicians.
Venediktova said: “We have identified 5,600 cases of war crimes in Ukraine.”
Among allegations of war crimes against Russia is the use of chemical weapons.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Tuesday that the Russian regime should be held accountable should such allegations be confirmed.
Liz Truss tweeted: “Reports that Russian forces may have used chemical agents in an attack on the people of Mariupol. We are working urgently with partners to verify details.
“Any use of such weapons would be a callous escalation in this conflict and we will hold Putin and his regime to account.”
A Foreign Office spokesman said the UK will work with allies to “investigate war crimes and ensure justice is done”.
The Foreign Office said it was “shocked” by the mass graves being found in the village of Buzova outside Kyiv.
Local officials said bodies showing “evidence of execution” had been discovered following the Russian withdrawal.
Britain is increasingly worried that Russia could use white phosphorus munitions in the bombardment of the city.
White phosphorus is used for illumination at night or to create a smokescreen, but when it is deployed as a weapon it causes horrific burns.
Meanwhile, late on Monday Ukraine’s parliament said Russian forces had fired on nitric acid tanks in Donetsk, with residents of the eastern city urged to prepare “protective face masks soaked in soda solution”.
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