Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was in tears as he described the discovery of murdered children and assaulted women among the dead in Bucha.
Officials have reported that more than 400 innocent civilians have been killed in the towns surrounding the capital, and 300 of them were from Bucha.
57 bodies were recently uncovered in the city, many were found with signs of torture, bound hands, close-range gunshot wounds, and severed limbs.
Speaking from Bucha, the Ukrainian President vowed that Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his soldiers would be punished for the alleged war crimes.
“It’s very difficult to talk. It’s very difficult to negotiate when you see what they did here,” he said.
“Every day we find people in barrels, cellars, and everywhere else, some strangled, some clearly tortured.”
“These are war crimes and will be recognized by the world as genocide. You are here today and can see what happened,” Zelensky continued.
“We know of thousands of people killed and tortured, with severed limbs, raped women, murdered children. I think it is more than … this is a genocide.”
He also mentioned that the residents in the town had chipped in to feed animals left homeless by the attack, noting that Ukrainians “treat animals the way you would treat humans.”
“You can see around what was done to this modern town. That’s a characteristic of Russian soldiers – treat people worse than animals,” he added.
Satellite images show the devastation in Bucha. The town’s deputy mayor, Taras Shapravskyi, said 50 of the bodies were the victims of extra-judicial killings done by Russian soldiers.
Outside Motyzhyn, west of Kyiv, the body of a Ukrainian mayor and her family were discovered among corpses buried in a mass grave.
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