In a video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for an end to Russia’s “war crimes”.
His address came after reports of dozens of bodies found in the streets and mass graves in the Ukrainian city of Bucha.
“The world has already seen many war crimes. On different times. On different continents. But it is time to do everything possible to make the war crimes committed by the Russian army the last manifestation of such evil on Earth,” Zelensky said.
Zelensky called on Russian leaders to be held accountable for the actions of the country’s military.
“I want all leaders of the Russian Federation to see how their orders are carried out. Such orders. Such a fulfillment. And joint responsibility. For these murders, for these tortures, for these weapons torn off by explosions lying in the street. For shots in the back of tied people’s heads. This is how the Russian state will now be seen. This is your image,” Zelensky said.
In his speech, Zelensky announced that a “judicial mechanism” would be established to investigate the crimes committed by Russian soldiers on Ukrainian soil. The mechanism would be supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the National Police, the Security Service, the Intelligence Service and other government agencies.
“This mechanism will help Ukraine and the world bring to justice those who unleashed this terrible war against the Ukrainian people and crimes against our people or participated in any way in concrete justice,” he said.
Zelensky said he will provide more information about the state of Ukrainian territory occupied by Russian forces.
“All partners of Ukraine will be informed in detail about what happened in the temporarily occupied territory of our state. War crimes committed in Bucha and other cities during the Russian occupation will also be considered by the UN Security Council on Tuesday,” he said.
He also noted that efforts are underway to restore electricity and water in Bucha, as well as to restore medical facilities and infrastructure.
Zelensky again invoked the need for tougher sanctions against Russia.
“There will certainly be a new package of sanctions against Russia. But I’m sure that’s not enough. More conclusions are needed. Not just about Russia, but also about the political behavior that allowed this evil to actually come to our country,” he said.