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The Atrocities of Russia in Ukraine

April 20, 2022

In Bucha, Ukraine, heinous evidence of Russia’s war crimes against the civilians of this country are being revealed. Bucha has recently been liberated from the control of Russian soldiers, but in their leave, the world is able to see just how much damage they have committed.

The former beautiful city is now devastated. Images of homes destroyed and Russian tanks in streets just barely scrape the surface. A man, shot in the head just for riding his bike. His body laid crumbled on the ground, his bike beside him. An elderly man found toothless, beaten and excreted on. Bodies littering the road, their groceries scattered. Over four hundred corpses with bound hands and proof of rape.

Russia’s Defense Ministry denied all accusations that its troops had committed these crimes, saying that “not a single” civilian had been injured while the town was under Russian control. The overwhelming amount of video, picture, and physical evidence has been waved off, Russia claiming that it was staged by the Ukrainian government.

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State, on a CNN interview, said the killings should not go unpunished. “We’ve said before Russia’s aggression that we thought it was likely that they would commit atrocities.” He added, “We can’t become numb to this. We can’t normalize this.”

War crimes can be brought to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, but charges will be hard to prove as a detail investigation will be needed to confirm who specifically committed these acts.

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