The discovery of civilians’ bodies on the streets of Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, has sparked international condemnation, calls for an investigation into possible Russian war crimes and vows that new sanctions are coming.
Scenes of horror and devastation emerged as Russian troops withdrew from towns they had seized in the opening days of the invasion of Ukraine.
American and European leaders decried the grim images, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling them “a punch to the gut.” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the Bucha scenes reflected “brutality against civilians we haven’t seen in Europe for decades.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russian attack on his nation amounted to a genocide.
Meanwhile, explosions rocked Odessa early on Sunday as Russia said its missiles struck an oil refinery and fuel storage facilities – the first strike on the strategic Black Sea city’s downtown as the war in Ukraine grinds into its 39th day.
Local businesses and even the zoo have reopened in the past week.
Britain’s Ministry of Defence said on Sunday that Russia’s navy is strategically blockading the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov to prevent Ukraine from rearming. At another battered port city, Mariupol Ukrainians. Will also face “difficult” fights ahead, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky warned, as Moscow vies for a strategic victory that would free up thousands of troops to fight elsewhere.
The International Committee of the Red Cross told The Post on Sunday that its team would spend another night en route to Mariupo” and had “yet to reach the city.” The humanitarian convoy has been trying to reach the besieged southeastern city for several days.