Kyiv/ TEH: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the Russian army has changed its tactics and is trying to obliterate evidence of crimes it committed in the areas it occupied.
In a video message via Telegram, Thursday, Zelenskyy noted that the world’s attitude towards the modern Russian state has changed after what he saw in Bucha.
Zelenskyy indicated that Russian soldiers are trying to obliterate evidence of crimes in the occupied areas, after the Bucha events.
He added, “After Bucha, the Russian army changed its tactics. We have information that the Russian army is trying to retrieve the bodies of the dead Ukrainians from the streets and basements of the occupied areas.”
He pointed out that thousands of citizens are missing, adding: “They cannot escape responsibility.”
Zelensky indicated that his country will reveal the war crimes committed by Russia in its territory through objective investigation, eyewitnesses and satellite monitoring and that it will continue to search for the truth.
On Saturday, the Ukrainian army published pictures of corpses scattered on the sidewalks of the streets of Bucha, on the outskirts of the capital, Kyiv, after the withdrawal of Russian forces from it.
Pictures of dozens of corpses and destruction in the streets of Bucha were also spread on social media, while Ukrainian media reports indicated that 57 bodies had been found in a mass grave in the city.
However, Russia denies allegations that it killed civilians in Bucha, and said the images of civilian deaths in the Ukrainian town of Bucha were “fabricated” and were “on orders” from the United States as part of a conspiracy to blame Moscow.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, which was followed by angry international reactions and the imposition of “tough” economic and financial sanctions on Moscow.
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.”