“The brutality of the images that reach us from Busha is shocking. We strongly condemn these atrocities against civilians. An unacceptable barbarity that must be vehemently punished by international justice”, wrote António Costa on his official Twitter account.In Busha, a city located about 30 kilometers from Kiev, recently recovered by Ukrainian forces, dozens of bodies were found in the streets and buried in mass graves, but Russia today denied that its troops killed civilians in this city and assured that all the photographs and videos published by the Ukrainian government are “a provocation”.
The Portuguese chief executive thus joins the chorus of indignation caused by images of the Ukrainian city of Busha, where many bodies, including children, were found in mass graves after the withdrawal of Russian forces.
The Spanish government expressed its indignation at the “unsustainable images” of the Ukrainian city of Busha, where civilian bodies were discovered after the withdrawal of Russian troops, and called for an investigation for “war crimes”.
The brutality of the images that come to us from Bucha is shocking. We strongly condemn these atrocities against civilians. An unacceptable barbarity that must be vehemently punished by international justice. #BuchaMassacre— António Costa (@antoniocostapm) April 3, 2022
“The unsustainable images of Busha after the withdrawal of Russian troops are deeply indignant. All my solidarity with the victims of this barbarism”, wrote the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, in a post on Twitter. The Spanish ruler also defended that “war crimes must be investigated promptly and those responsible must be punished”.
UN admits exhumation of bodies to assess war crimes
UN Secretary-General António Guterres also expressed himself “deeply shocked by the images of civilians killed in Busha”, in the Kiev region, where many bodies were discovered after the departure of Russian forces. “It is essential that an independent investigation makes it possible to find those responsible,” he added in a brief press release.
The UN considered that the discovery of mass graves in Busha, Ukraine, following the withdrawal of Russian forces, raised serious questions about “possible war crimes”, emphasizing the importance of preserving all evidence. “What is known so far clearly raises serious and disturbing questions about possible war crimes and serious violations of international humanitarian law,” the UN human rights office said.
Ukraine has accused Russia of “genocide”, claiming to have found the bodies of 410 civilians in the Kiev region recently recaptured from Moscow forces. In the city of Busha, northwest of Kiev, about 300 people were buried in mass graves, according to Ukrainian officials.
The UN human rights office said its team on the ground had not yet been able to verify the allegations. “We are very concerned about the photos and videos available, including images of bodies with their hands tied behind their backs,” however, the UN added.
The same source did not rule out that “the bodies of Ukrainian or Russian soldiers killed during hostilities” are among “about 300 corpses that city authorities say they have found and buried.”
“Civilians who died of natural causes, heart attacks or other health problems triggered by stress and lack of access to medication and medical care in the last month could also be among the dead found on city streets,” he added.
But given the possibility that war crimes had been committed, the UN considered it important to “exhume and identify all bodies” to establish the exact causes of death.
Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.
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