Massacre in Ukraine could speed up Russia’s war crime trial

An inhumane scene and Massacre in Ukraine. Last Saturday, after retaking control of the city of Bucha, 60 kilometers from Kyiv, the Ukrainian army came across dozens of civilian bodies scattered on the streets in unusual positions – some face down against the pavement, others trapped on bicycles.

The devastating scenario has made several countries stand in defense of the Ukrainians and has increased the siege of the Russians . Leaders from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France, as well as the NATO military alliance, are accusing the Kremlin of having committed war crimes.

“Shocked by the haunting images of atrocities carried out by the Russian army in the unoccupied Kiev region. The European Union is supporting Ukraine and NGOs to gather evidence in order to take it to international courts”, said Charles Michel, president of the EU Council, the institution that defines the general political guidelines and priorities of the bloc.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in an interview with Reuters that Russian forces had raped, killed and shot civilians. He called for “new Nuremberg Trials” to be held – in reference to the courts that condemned Hitlers crimes in World War II.

“This is not a special operation, this is not police action,” he said. “They are racists, fascists, and they are inhumane, who simply committed crimes against civilians, raped, killed, shot in the back of the head. The whole world needs to know this.”

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba was not far behind, calling the Russians “worse than the Islamic State”. Russia, for its part, accuses the Ukrainians of having armed what they call “production for the western media”. It turns out that, as the scenes were recorded by international vehicles at the time of the retaking of the city, there is little doubt that the action is a war crime.

Germany and the UK are calling for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be tried for committing war crimes and say they will step up reprisals against Moscow after the massacre in Bucha.

“Russia’s despicable attacks on innocent civilians in Irpin and Bucha are further evidence that Putin and his army are committing war crimes in Ukraine,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.

Complaints against Putin should be taken to the International Tribunal in The Hague, the court responsible for judging violations and crimes committed in conflicts around the world.

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