Ukraine Accuses Russia of Committing Atrocities Near Kyiv, Moscow Calls for a UN Investigation

Ukraine has accused Russia of carrying out a "deliberate massacre" in Bucha, a town near Kyiv. Moscow denies the charges and calls for an investigation led by the UN.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry published several photos and videos alleging to show the aftermath of crimes committed by Russian forces. The Washington Post claims to have verified a video showing nine dead bodies, including a child.

The Times published an account by a member of the Ukrainian territory defense force, Sergeiy Torovik. "We found 18 bodies in there," he said. "They had been torturing people. Some of them had their ears cut off. Others had teeth pulled out. There were kids like 14, 16 years old, some adults. They just took the bodies away yesterday."

Ukraine’s first levied the allegations against Russia days after Russian forces withdrew from the area. Bucha Mayor Anatoly Fedoruk confirmed to the media that Russian troops had exited the area on March 31. Russia has responded by denying the charges and highlighting mayor Fedoruk’s statement.