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Ukraine’s president accuses Russia of committing ‘genocide’

Russia denies its forces killed civilians in Bucha as Western leaders condemn images of dead Ukrainian civilians.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of committing genocide in his country, as Western leaders condemned images of dead Ukrainian civilians in a town abandoned by Russian forces outside the capital, Kyiv.

“Indeed, this is genocide. The elimination of the whole nation and the people,” Zelenskyy told the CBS “Face the Nation” news programme on Sunday, speaking through a translator.

“We are the citizens of Ukraine and we don’t want to be subdued to the policy of Russian Federation. This is the reason we are being destroyed and exterminated.”

Zelenskyy’s remarks came a day after Ukrainian forces moved into the town of Bucha near Kyiv and found what officials and witnesses said were the bodies of civilians killed by Russian forces.

Ukraine accused Russian forces of carrying out a “massacre” in Bucha. Russia’s defence ministry denied the Ukrainian allegations, saying footage and photographs showing bodies in Bucha were “yet another provocation” by the Ukrainian government.

The ministry said that “not a single civilian has faced any violent action by the Russian military“ in Bucha.

The images from Bucha came after Ukraine said on Saturday its forces had reclaimed control of the whole Kyiv region and liberated towns from Russian troops

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