Should Putin Face War Crimes Trial For The Bucha Atrocities?

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    Horrific reports have begun to emerge from a Ukrainian town called Bucha – situated approximately 30km northwest of Kyiv. The bodies of at least two dozen men – were strewn across a single street. The pictures of this horrific event were broadcast around the world – bringing new horrors to the Russian occupation of Ukraine. Many of the dead were lying all over the pavements with their hands tied behind their backs, having experienced gunshot wounds – suggesting execution at the hands of Russian soldiers.

    Should Putin Face War Crimes Trial For The Bucha Atrocities?

    The Horrors of Bucha

    The pictures began to circulate worldwide following the news from Ukraine that the town was finally clear of Russian troops. The volume of destruction and death in Bucha magnifies the horrors of the occupation. The amount of dead bodies points toward atrocities being committed by Russian forces, as alleged by allies of Ukraine.

    The town of Bucha has been a victim of almost constant battles throughout the last five weeks. Ukrainian officials – including the mayor of Bucha – have confirmed dead bodies were indeed executed.

    US President, Joe Biden, has blasted Vladimir Putin for the atrocities in Bucha while speaking in Washington: “Well, the truth of the matter is we saw it happen in Bucha – he [Putin] is a war criminal.” 

    Biden went on to pledge continued support to Ukraine. He specified how important it was to gather all the necessary information for a war crimes trial against Putin. 

    In addition to comments from Biden, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, explained what had occurred in Bucha could only be described as genocide. After witnessing the horrific aftermath of the Bucha slayings, Zelenskyy told reporters: “We know thousands of people have been killed and tortured with extremities cut off; women raped, children killed.” 

    The horrors of the Russian occupation continue to shock the world on a day-by-day basis. Many countries continue to condemn the invasion of Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron has spoken publicly – stating Russia is responsible for the atrocities in Bucha.

    Russian officials were quick to deny any wrong-doings in Bucha. They have accused Ukrainian forces of faking the atrocities to discredit their troops. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, described the stories as fake. He even went as far as to say that these stories were a threat to international peace and security.

    Despite the stories of Bucha emerging alongside many other acts of atrocities, Vladimir Putin’s approval rating in Russia has risen to 83%. Many protesters against Putin and, particularly, the war in Ukraine, have been arrested in Russia. However, many rely on state-run TV and news outlets for their information, and most respected independent news outlets have now been closed down. State-run television will only present the news from a pro-Putin point of view.

    The reports from the alleged atrocities are challenging to read, watch or even comprehend. The thought of innocent people being executed on their homely streets is unfathomable. Many fingers are pointing at Russian troops for the horrors of Bucha. With the Russian occupation not looking near a conclusion, President Macron explained it aptly when he said at this time that immediate support for Ukrainian forces and Ukrainian civilians is most important. Macron did not shy away from saying Russian troops had committed atrocities in Bucha and stated that the evidence against Putin needs to be collected so that, at last, he may face trial for the war crimes he has committed. 

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