The killing of Ukrainian civilians could bring further sanctions

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Western governments are preparing to impose tough sanctions on Russia on Wednesday, documenting and investigating a series of mass killings and other alleged war crimes in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continued to demand war crimes trials against Russian troops and their leaders, while warning that they would be mobilized again for new offensive in eastern and southern Ukraine. The Ukrainian military says Russia is preparing for an offensive in eastern Ukraine, with the aim of “establishing complete control over the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.”

Overnight, Russian forces attacked a gas depot and a factory in the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine, the governor of the region Valentyn Reznichenko told the Telegram news agency on Wednesday morning. The number of victims is not clear.

“The night was dangerous and difficult. Enemies attacked our area from the air and attacked one of the oil depots and factories. The oil depot with the fuel was destroyed. Rescue crews are still extinguishing the flames inside the plant,” Resnishenko wrote.

Police say a car crashed into the gate of the Russian embassy in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, early Wednesday morning, killing the driver. No immediate information on possible scope or other details.

One person was killed and five others were injured in a shelling attack on the city of Rubisne on Tuesday in Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region, its governor Sergei Haidoi told the Telegram.

The Donetsk and Luhansk regions have been under the control of pro-Russian rebels since 2014 and have been recognized by Moscow as independent states. So far, Ukrainian forces have thwarted attempts to push Russian troops eastward, but the numbers are high in both troops and equipment, Zelenskyy said in a video conference with his country late Tuesday.

Evidence that civilian civilians in Pucha and other cities appeared to have been deliberately killed before Russian forces withdrew from the suburbs of Kiev has drawn worldwide outcry. Western nations have expelled Moscow’s ambassadors and are expected to impose additional sanctions on Wednesday.

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They include a ban on all new investments in Russia, a senior U.S. executive said while anonymous to discuss the upcoming announcement.

Meanwhile, the executive branch of the European Union proposed to ban the import of coal from Russia, which is worth 4 4 billion ($ 4.4 billion) a year. This is the first time the 27-nation bloc has allowed the country’s lucrative energy sector during the war.

On Tuesday, the UN. In his address to the Security Council, Zhelensky said civilians in cities around Kiev had been tortured, shot in the back of the head, thrown into wells, grenades thrown into their apartments and crushed by tanks while in cars.

He told a court set up in Nuremberg after World War II that those responsible for the killings and those who issued the orders “should be brought to justice immediately for war crimes.”

“But we have no choice – the fate of our land and our people is determined,” he said. “We know what we are fighting for. Let’s do everything to win more.

Russia has said its forces committed no war crimes.

Vasily Nebenzia, the UN ambassador to Moscow, said “not even a local person” was affected by the violence when Pucha was under Russian control. He reiterated the Kremlin’s views, saying the scenes of corpses in the streets were “a crude fake” staged by Ukrainians.

In the still-empty streets of Pucha, dogs wandered among dilapidated buildings and burned military vehicles. Officers took photos of the bodies before collecting some of them.

Survivors of the monthly Russian occupation showed investigators the bodies of city dwellers allegedly shot by Russian troops. Those who disappeared into their homes during the occupation, many of them middle-aged, wandered through burnt pots and broken window panes with food and other humanitarian aid. Red Cross staff raided homes.

The Associated Press in Pucha counted dozens of corpses in civilian clothes and interviewed Ukrainians who witnessed the atrocities. In addition, high-resolution satellite images from Maxar Technologies showed several bodies that had been kept in the open for weeks while Russian forces were in the city.

Six charred bodies were piled up among the dead in Pucha, Andhra Pradesh journalists witnessed. The details of who and how they died are not known. Kiev regional police chief Andrii Nebytov said the body may have belonged to a child.

Many of the dead seen by AP journalists appeared to have been shot at close range, and some had their hands tied or their flesh burned.

The AP and PBS series “Frontline” have jointly verified at least 90 incidents during the war that appeared to violate international law. Ukraine’s war crimes watchdog has been monitoring open targeted attacks and indiscriminate attacks.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blingen called Pucha’s pictures “not a random act of a mob, but a deliberate campaign to kill, torture, rape, and commit atrocities.” He said reports of atrocities were “credible”.

The attorney general of the International Criminal Court in The Hague began an investigation a month ago into possible war crimes in Ukraine.

Elsewhere in Ukraine, in Borodianka, northwest of Kiev, 25-year-old Dmitry Yevtushkov searched the ruins of apartment buildings and found only a photo album from his family home.

In the besieged southern city of Mykolaiv, a passerby stands for a while and looks at the bright flowers of a broken flower stand lying among the bloodstains, the Russian shell tradition that killed nine people in the center of the city. The spectator drew the sign of the cross in the air and moved.

British security officials said Wednesday that 160,000 people were trapped in Russian airstrikes and heavy fighting in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol.

The Defense Ministry’s intelligence update said the city “has no light, communications, medicine, heat or water.” It accused Russian forces of deliberately blocking humanitarian access, saying “the security forces may be pressured to surrender.”

Attempts by the International Committee of the Red Cross to transport humanitarian convoys to Mariupol failed. Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vareshchuk said Russian forces had stopped buses carrying Red Cross workers to Mariupol, which had a pre-war population of more than 400,000. He said Russian troops had allowed 1,496 civilians to leave the port of Azov on Tuesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, has said that Moscow will not comply with Ukraine’s request, after both Ukrainian and Russian delegates sent signals of confidence following their recent round of talks a week ago. Agreement.


Oleksandr Stashevsky and Kara Anna in Pucha, Edith M. at the United Nations. Leder, Euros Karmanov in Ukraine and Associated Press journalists around the world contributed to the report.


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