On Sunday, April 3, Kyiv blamed the Russian Armed Forces for launching a ‘massacre’ in Bucha, a city in Ukraine’s Kyiv Oblast, while European countries responded to footage and photographs of corpses there with demands for more sanctions against Putin’s Russia. As a result, Bucha Street became one of the first burial grounds for Moscow’s anticipations of surrounding and entering the Capital City and then ousting President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government.
But Russia’s Ministry of Defense rejected the Ukrainian claims, saying images showing dead bodies in a suburban avenue in Bucha were yet further incitement by the Ukrainian administration. The photographs from the town, 23 miles Northwest of Kyiv City Centre, came after Ukrainian claims on April 2 its military had regained the whole Capital region and liberated towns from Putin’s forces.
Russian forces drove disgrace in Ukraine and worldwide, adding to pressure on Mr. Vladimir Putin, the President of Ukraine, by growing the possibility of further European sanctions against his country. Previously, the US and its Western allies have already sought to quarantine Russian economically and punish it for its brutal incursion. Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, tweeted that the Bucha massacre was deliberate. Russian forces aim to eliminate as many Ukrainian civilians as they can.
Bucha massacre was deliberate. Russians aim to eliminate as many Ukrainians as they can. We must stop them and kick them out. I demand new devastating G7 sanctions NOW:
-Oil, gas, coal embargo
-Close all ports to Russian vessels and goods
-Disconnect all Russian banks from SWIFT pic.twitter.com/oZkCAETCQp
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) April 3, 2022
Furthermore, Antony Blinken, the U.S. State Secretary, described the footage and photographs as a punch in the gut, while Antonio Guterres, the U.N. Secretary-General, asked for an independent inquiry. And Annalena Baerbock, German Minister for Foreign Affairs, said Moscow must pay for the ‘war crimes.’ Finally, the U.K. PM, Mr. Boris Johnson, said his administration would ramp up sanctions, and humanitarian assistance for Ukrainians.
Olaf Scholz, the Chancellor of Germany, said that the Russian leader and his followers would feel the consequences, adding that European partners would agree on more sanctions in the upcoming days. In addition, Christine Lambrecht, Federal Minister of Defense of Germany, said that 27 members political and economic union – European Union – must discuss suspending the import of Russian oil and energy products, an exit Berlin’s previous resistance to the impression of a restriction on imports of Russian energy.
Russia has requested a special United Nations Security Council (UNRC) meeting on the Fourth of April to address claims that the Russian military committed war crimes and launched massacres against Bucha civilians. The Defense Ministry described the images and footage from Bucha as a staged act.