On Tuesday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky showed the UN Security Council a harrowing video from Ukraine in an apparent attempt to embarrass Russia and rally international sympathy and support.
The clip lasted about a minute and showed image after image of dead Ukrainians, including burned and disfigured bodies.
Speaking to the Security Council for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th, Zelensky reported Russian troops have killed civilians and raped women.
🔴 #LIVE: #Ukraine's 🇺🇦 President #Zelensky addresses the #UN 🇺🇳 Security Council on the #war #Russia 🇷🇺 launched in his country.
"There is not a single crime that Russia would not commit" he says, detailing the horrors of war ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/rvlFjAG9gn
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) April 5, 2022
Zelensky tells Security Council that Russians killed for pleasure
Zelensky’s comments follow his Monday visit to the town of Bucha, where the bodies of dead Ukrainian civilians were found.
He claimed that in the town, people were shot in the street, their homes, thrown into wells, and crushed by tanks in the middle of the road “just for the pleasure” of the Russian soldiers.
“The Russian military searched for and purposefully killed anyone who served our country,” he said, as Russia’s UN ambassador was looking on.
Zelenskyy says the massacre in Bucha, Ukraine, is "only one of many examples of what the occupiers have been doing on our land for the last 41 days."
"There are many more cities, similar places where the world has yet to learn the full truth." https://t.co/NkUWnp0R60 pic.twitter.com/4A707Ld7Bg
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 5, 2022
Biden calls for Putin to be tried for war crimes
On Monday, Joe Biden called for Vladimir Putin to be tried for war crimes following the killings of civilians in the city of Bucha, Ukraine.
Biden said the images coming from Bucha warranted calling Putin a “war criminal,” adding that “we have to gather the information. We have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue the fight and we have to get all the details so this can be an actual…war-crime trial.”
“This guy (Putin) is brutal and what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone’s seen it,” Biden said.
The US calls for Russia’s expulsion from the UN Human Rights Council
Meanwhile, the United States ambassador to the UN called for Russia’s expulsion from the UN Human Rights Council.
“Russia should not have a position of authority in a body whose very purpose is to promote respect for human rights. Not only is it the height of hypocrisy, it is dangerous,” Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said addressing the Security Council Tuesday.
“Every day, we see more and more how little Russia respects human rights,” she added and continued on to say that “Russia’s participation on the Human Rights Council hurts the Council’s credibility [and…] undermines the entire UN…it is just plain wrong.”
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