Zelensky: Russian forces raped, strangled and killed women in front of their children
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his concerns that "more horrific things" and "more deaths and abuses" could emerge in the Ukrainian regions still under Russian control.
"Because this is the nature of the Russian army that entered our country. They are savages who do not know how to do things any other way," Zelensky said in a video message, noting that he wanted every mother of a Russian soldier to see the bodies of the dead in Bucha and other cities.
"What did they do? Why were they killed? What did a man who was riding his bike in the street do?" he asked.
And he raised more questions, saying: "Why are ordinary civilians in an ordinary, peaceful city being tortured to death? Why were women strangled after their earrings were pulled out? How can women be raped and killed in front of their children? And their bodies were humiliated even after their death? Why did they run over their bodies with tanks? The Ukrainian city of Bucha for Russia?
Images emerging from the small town of Bucha near Kyiv, in which bodies of civilians were found in the streets after Russia's withdrawal, sparked a wave of international outrage.
Ukraine says the Russian forces that occupied the city until recently were responsible for the massacre.
Moscow denies this.
Zelensky also said that former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy should visit Bucha and see a picture of their failed policy with Russia.
"I invite Mrs. Merkel and Mr. Sarkozy to visit Bucha and find out what the policy of concessions has led to over the past 14 years," he added.
It is noteworthy that the countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) discussed in 2008 the acceptance of Ukraine in the alliance, but it was retracted because of Russia.
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