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Ukrainian prosecutor general accuses Russian forces of crimes against humanity

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova walks before a news briefing in Kyiv, Ukraine May 11, 2021. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

(Reuters) – Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said on Monday many acts by Russian forces were classifiable as crimes against humanity and Ukraine was in this context investigating their actions in areas of the Kyiv region including Bucha.

Speaking on national television, Venediktova said the situation in the town of Borodyanka was the worst in the Kyiv region in terms of the number of victims. She gave no further details.

Ukrainian authorities said on Sunday they were investigating possible crimes by Russian forces after finding hundreds of bodies strewn around towns including Bucha outside the capital Kyiv after the Russian withdrawal from the area.

Lavrov said the dead bodies were “staged” and that images of them and what he said was Ukraine’s false version of events had been spread on social media by Western countries and Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine’s version of what happened in the town of Bucha was a “fake attack” aimed at undermining Moscow, the TASS news agency reported.

Ukrainian prosecutor general accuses Russian forces of crimes against humanity

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