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The emotional Zelensky visits Bucha after war crimes committed by Vladimir Putin

The Ukrainian president was guarded by heightened security as he saw the scene of the horrific atrocities.

Mr Zelenski spoke to locals about the horrors inflicted on their community by Putin’s forces.

Earlier, he swore that Putin and his troops, who had brought such “evil to our land,” would be punished for war crimes that terrified the world.


When even more horrific footage of civilians killed appeared in Bucha, near Kyiv, Britain condemned the “whole new horror world” unleashed by the Russian president and promised to lead the global response to force it to end its barbaric invasion.

Cabinet ministers called for tougher sanctions against Putin’s regime, as well as more military, economic and diplomatic support for Ukraine. Its chief prosecutor, Irina Venediktov, said the bodies of 410 civilians had been found in towns near the capital that had recently been seized by Russian troops.

Tetyana Vladimirovna, who lives in Bucha, described the horror of finding her murdered husband. “I recognized him by his sneakers, his pants. He looked crippled, his body was cold, “she said. In a late evening address to the Ukrainian nation, Zelensky said that “concentrated evil has come to our land.”

He stressed that “every crime of the occupiers on the territory of our country” will be investigated. Promising that war criminals will be brought to justice, he added: “Everyone guilty of such crimes will be entered in a special Book of Executioners … will be found and punished. Speaking to CBS News, he described the killings as “genocide” and said the Russian invasion involved “torturing the entire nation”.

He added: “Indeed, this is genocide. The destruction of the whole nation and people. We are citizens of Ukraine. We have more than 100 nationalities. It is about the destruction and annihilation of all these nationalities. ” He stressed that a special judicial administration would be set up, including international prosecutors and judges, adding: “The world has seen many war crimes. The time has come for war crimes committed by Russian troops to become the last such evil on Earth.

Zelenski walks in the town of Bucha

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However, it was not yet clear how Putin and his military commanders would stand trial for the atrocities committed in Ukraine.

In London, Cabinet Minister Simon Hart said he needed “joint efforts” from the West to build up pressure on the Kremlin to stop the military attack that Russian defense chiefs are now redirecting to the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine and increase military, economic and diplomatic support for Ukraine.

“It is clear that in any situation like this, the negotiating agreement is where everyone is trying to strive, but now we are in a whole new world of horror and that is why we must provide all the help and support we need at this time. “Maybe in the many ways we can and continue to lead and inspire international response,” he told Talk Radio.

Mr Zelenski has already praised Boris Johnson for seeking to stimulate an international response to Putin’s invasion, which has left thousands, if not tens of thousands, of civilians killed, including in the besieged city of Mariupol.

Speaking to Sky News, the Minister of Wales, Mr Hart, said: “This is not just the United Kingdom. This is to lead a global reaction. For the answer to be effective, it needs the West and many, many nations to unite in this common endeavor. “

Mr Zelenski has already praised Boris Johnson for seeking to stimulate an international response to Putin’s invasion.

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He added that Britain is ready to do everything possible to provide various weapons to Ukraine as its demands change, or to receive funding from another source.

Regarding the tightening of sanctions against the Putin regime, he added: “Now is not the time to sit down and say we have done enough.” In France, President Emmanuel Macron said a new round of sanctions was needed against Russia and that there were clear indications that Russian forces were responsible for killing civilians in Bucha.

Macron told France Inter radio: “What happened in Bucha requires a new round of sanctions and very clear measures.” These new sanctions should target coal and oil, said Macron, who faces a re-election battle this month.

The Kremlin, which has denied planning an invasion of Ukraine, has now also denied that its forces were responsible for the deaths of civilians in Bucha, and said Ukraine had staged a show in the Western media.

But the allegation flew in the face of shocking footage, photos and reports of civilians, some with their hands tied behind their backs, with traces of torture and being shot in the head, as well as mass graves found. The bodies of several women were also found dumped by the roadside.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused Germany, which relies heavily on Russian gas, of being the main obstacle to imposing tougher sanctions on Russia.