Kyiv / TEH: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that sanctions against Russia should be commensurate with the “war crimes” committed by its forces in Bucha, near the capital, Kyiv. While Moscow denies the accusations and calls it a fabricated attack in Bucha.
In a video message posted on his Telegram account on Tuesday evening, Zelensky indicated that a new package of sanctions against Russia was being prepared.
Zelensky said the Russian army tortured Ukrainians in Bucha.
“After the world has seen what happened in Bucha, the sanctions against Russia should be proportionate to the gravity of the war crimes committed by the occupiers,” he added.
He pointed out that the Ukrainian army continues to control many areas that Russian military units are trying to enter.
Zelensky added that the situation was “difficult” in the Donbass and Kharkiv regions.
He stressed that the Ukrainian soldiers will continue to fight, adding: “We have no other choice. The fate of our land and our people will be determined.”
And on Sunday, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General, Irina Vinestova, announced that 410 bodies had been found in the city of Bucha, belonging to civilians, after it was recently regained control by the Ukrainian army.
The Ukrainian side accuses Russian soldiers of killing civilians before withdrawing from the city, but Moscow denies such accusations and called it a fabricated attack in Bucha by the Ukrainian army.
To end the operation, Russia requires Ukraine to abandon any plans to join military entities, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and to adhere to complete neutrality, which Kyiv considers an “interference in its sovereignty.”