EU prepares more sanctions versus Russia after obvious atrocities in Kyiv residential areas

The EU is preparing to present more sanctions versus Moscow after reports and pictures of obvious executions of unarmed civilians and other atrocities emerged in the wake of Russia’s military retreat from the borders of Kyiv.

Charles Michel, president of the European Council, stated even more sanctions “are on their way” in reaction to Russia’s actions in Bucha, a city 60km north-west of Kyiv that was under Russian profession up until just recently.

“Shocked by haunting images of atrocities committed by Russian army in Kyiv liberated region,” Michel stated on Twitter on Sunday. “Further EU sanctions & support are on their way. EU is assisting Ukraine & NGOs in gathering of necessary evidence for pursuit in international courts.”

German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock stated in a tweet that “the images from Bucha are intolerable” and cautioned that “those responsible for these war crimes must be brought to justice”.

“We will strengthen sanctions against Russia and provide even more support for the defence of Ukraine,” she stated.

Estonian prime minister Kaja Kallas likewise required “a fifth round of strong EU sanctions as soon as possible”, stating that the killings of Ukrainian civilians by Russia were “clear war crimes”.

Ukrainian soldiers stand beside the body of guy worn civilian clothes in Bucha © Vadim Ghirda/AP

EU ambassadors are anticipated to go over the fresh round of procedures on Wednesday, according to a diplomat with understanding of the strategies.

The hazard of more sanctions from the west targeting Russia’s economy and its governing elite comes as Ukrainian authorities and NGOs implicated Russian forces of committing atrocities versus unarmed civilians in locations that have actually given that been retaken by Ukrainian forces.

Moscow began withdrawing its soldiers from the borders of the Ukrainian capital recently, moving its war focus to the nation’s east.

Emine Dzheppar, Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister, stated soldiers who had actually retaken Bucha from Russian forces reported “numerous civilians shot dead”.

“Some of [the] victims have their hands tied. Innocent victims. They didn’t deserve that,” she stated.

Map showing territory with Russian military presence and territory regained from the Russians by the Ukrainians around Kyiv

In the close-by town of Motyzhyn, Russian soldiers likewise “did terrible things”, she included. “Their cruelty is limitless. Before Ukrainian troops arrived, [the] Russian army killed as many civilians as possible. Inhuman. Terrible. Speechless.”

Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior consultant to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, published an image on Twitter appearing to reveal numerous dead bodies on the streets of Bucha. Some of the victims appeared to have their hands connected behind their backs.

“The bodies of people with tied hands, who were shot dead by [Russian] soldiers lie in the streets,” stated Podolyak. “These people were not in the military. They had no weapons. They posed no threat. How many more such cases are happening right now in the occupied territories?”

Human Rights Watch stated on Sunday that it had actually recorded a number of cases of illegal violence it referred to as “apparent war crimes”, consisting of in the Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Kyiv areas.

The New York-based group stated the cases it recorded, that included summary executions and rape, showed “unspeakable, deliberate cruelty and violence against Ukrainian civilians” which must be examined as war criminal activities.

The group stated that in the town of Staryi Bykiv in the Chernihiv area, Russian forces had actually assembled 6 males on February 27 and performed them.

Gyunduz Mamedov, a previous deputy prosecutor-general of Ukraine and professional in worldwide criminal law who has actually gone to Irpin and Bucha stated in addition to extensive damage of facilities, he had actually seen remains of civilians and newly dug tombs marked with crosses.

He stated that about 50 percent of the structures in Irpin had actually been harmed and about 300 civilians eliminated throughout the Russian offensive.

Liz Truss, British foreign secretary, stated she was “appalled by atrocities in Bucha and other towns” which the UK was gathering proof of war criminal activities.

“Mass graves. Bodies of civilians strewn across streets. Monstrous crimes becoming clearer daily as [Russia] withdraws and regroups,” Melinda Simmons, British ambassador to Ukraine, composed on Twitter. “Rape is a weapon of war.”

Artis Pabriks, Latvia’s defence minister, stated: “After seeing Russian atrocities against civilians, if some in the free west still do not understand that we must do everything to make Russians lose and depart from [the] whole [of] Ukraine, then I am sorry for the west.”

On Saturday, Carla Del Ponte, the previous chief district attorney of UN war criminal activities tribunals, required a global arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin, calling the Russian president a “war criminal”.

Meanwhile Russian arbitrators managing peace talks in between the 2 nations stated there would be fresh conversations on Monday. Vladimir Medinsky, the head of the Russian delegation, stated Russia accepted the Ukrainian position with the exception of its persistence that Crimea must be gone back to Kyiv’s control.

Kiev is ending up being more “realistic” in its method to the neutral and non-nuclear status of the nation, he stated. Yet the diplomatic and military services of Ukraine “are far behind in the implementation of even those agreements that have already been achieved at the political level”, he stated, including that a draft contract required more work.

Additional reporting by Nastassia Astrasheuskaya in Riga, Richard Milne in Oslo, Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe in London and Lauren Fedor in Washington


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