Zelensky accuses Russia of war crimes, no early end to war

Accused by President Volodymyr Zelensky Russia on the friday of commit a war crime in northeastern Ukraine He said it was too early to say the tide of the war had turned this month, despite the rapid acquisition of territory by his forces.

The Ukrainian leader said in an interview with Reuters that the outcome of the war with Russia, now in its seventh month, will depend on the speedy delivery of foreign weapons to his country.

He compared the situation in the newly liberated regions of the northeast to a “bloody melodrama after Bucha”, a town near Kyiv that accused Russian troops of committing numerous war crimes in the first phase of the war. . Moscow has denied the charges.

“As of today, there are 450 dead and buried. (Kharkov Northeast)But there are also separate burials of many people. tortured people. Whole family in a specific area” Zelensky Said.

When asked if there was evidence of war crimes, he said:.. There is some evidence and assessments in Ukraine and internationally.This is very important for us for the world to recognize this.

The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Zelensky’s remarks. new petition.

Russia has regularly denied targeting civilians during what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine and has said in the past that accusations of human rights violations are a smear campaign. .

Kharkiv governor Oleh Synhubov told reporters at one of the burial grounds in the city of Izium on Friday that several bodies exhumed there were found with their hands tied behind their backs.

Moscow did not comment on the Izium mass graves, which had been Russia’s frontline stronghold until a Ukrainian counterattack forced its troops to withdraw.


No early end to war

Friday’s interview took place at the presidential palace in the heavily guarded government district.

Air raid sirens (used to warn of approaching missile danger) sounded in Kyiv just before the interview.

Zelensky visiting IdiumWednesday, repeated his appeal againstEuropean countries, etc. strengthen arms supplies to Ukraine.

“We want more support from Turkey and South Korea. More support from the Arab world. From Asia,” he said.

Zelensky also cited Germany’s “certain psychological barriers” to the supply of military equipment because of its Nazi past, but such supplies are essential for Ukraine to defend itself against what it calls Russian “fascism”. said it was. He has often accused Berlin of limping by providing arms.

Although he praised Ukraine’s swift counterattack, p.Made suggestions that the war was entering some kind of endgame. “It is too early to talk about ending this war.,” He said.

Zelensky said he would only support the UN-proposed idea of ​​resuming Russian ammonia exports through Ukraine if Russia returned Ukrainian prisoners of war to Kyiv.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in Uzbekistan on Friday While he dismissed the Ukrainian counterattack with a smile, Russia warned that it would respond more forcefully if its own forces came under further pressure.

Z.Ellensky said he was confident that if Kyiv did not launch a counterattack, foreign arms supplies to Ukraine would decline and the acquisition of territory would impress other countries.

“I think this is a very important step that has influenced or influenced certain other countries’ decisions,” he said.

aIf you have the chance to relax, Zelensky, who skied on the 205th day of the war, said: Zelensky accuses Russia of war crimes, no early end to war

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