Russia-Ukraine live news: EU weighs new sanctions on Moscow

  • Russia orders an official examination of what it calls Ukrainian “provocation” after Kyiv accused the Russian military of massacring civilians in Bucha.
  • Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says he has seen signs of a possible “genocide” in Bucha.
  • United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he was “deeply shocked” by images of dead civilians in the town of Bucha, near the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, and calls for an independent investigation.
  • Ukraine’s prosecutor general says the bodies of 410 civilians have been recovered from areas in the wider Kyiv region from which Russian forces withdrew.
  • Moscow requests the UN Security Council to convene to discuss what it called a “provocation by Ukrainian radicals” in Bucha.

    World reacts to ‘unbearable’ civilian killings in Ukraine

    Global outrage is mounting over the discovery of civilian corpses, some with their hands bound, in towns near the Ukrainian capital after invading Russian troops retreated from the region.

    Japan denounces ‘acts of violence against civilians’

    Japan’s foreign minister has condemned the “exceptionally cruel acts of violence against civilians near Kyiv” in an apparent reference to Russian forces’ alleged killing of non-combatants in Bucha.

    “The murder of innocent civilians is a violation of international humanitarian law and is unacceptable and I strongly condemn these acts,” Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters during a visit to Warsaw.

    ‘Sense of horror’ amid reports of civilian killings: AJE correspondent

    Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride, reporting from the city of Lviv, in western Ukraine, says there is a “sense of horror” in the country as more bodies continue to be found in Bucha, including in “gardens and alleyways”.

    “As [the] Russians withdraw and Ukrainian forces take back territory, places like Bucha, and allow more access to journalists we are seeing more first-hand accounts from people in these places about the way that the Russians acted,” McBride said.

    “There are allegations they shot arbitrarily as they advanced… not distinguishing between civilians and military personnel and also that people who were surrendering were also shot, so there are some very strong allegations coming out which the Ukrainians say will be investigated.”

    Kremlin denies Ukrainian allegations of Bucha killings

    The Kremlin has “categorically” denied any accusations related to the murder of civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

    Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the facts and chronology of the events in Bucha did not support Ukraine’s version of events and urged international leaders not to rush to judgment.

    “This information must be seriously questioned,” he said. “From what we have seen, our experts have identified signs of video falsification and other fakes.”

    Peskov added that Russian diplomats would press on with their efforts to convene a UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting to discuss what Moscow has called “Ukrainian provocations” in the town despite their first effort to arrange such a meeting being blocked.

    Fear grows for migrants held in Ukrainian detention centre

    Concerns have been raised about a European Union-funded migrant detention centre near the city of Lutsk, in northwestern Ukraine.

    The facility appears to continue to hold an unconfirmed number of migrants despite Russia’s invasion.

    Chernihiv governor says some Russian troops still in the region

    Some Russian troops are still present in Ukraine’s northern region of Chernihiv, its governor has said.

    Viacheslav Chaus said an unspecified number of soldiers remained in the area after pulling back from around the region’s main city of the same name.

    Russia said last week it would sharply scale back military activity around Chernihiv and the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

    Spanish PM: Possible ‘genocide’ in Ukraine

    Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez says he has seen signs of a possible “genocide” in Ukraine after claims that Russian forces committed atrocities against Ukrainian civilians in Bucha.

    “We will do everything to ensure that those who have perpetrated these war crimes do not go unpunished, and therefore appear before the courts … to deal with these alleged cases of [crimes against] humanity, war crimes and why not say it too, genocide,” he said.

    “Putin’s unjustified aggression has brought war back to the gates of the European Union,” he told an economic forum in Madrid.

    Sanchez is one of the first EU leaders to label Russia’s actions in Ukraine a “genocide”.

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