Russia Claims Ukraine Is Staging Civilian Killings To Accuse Moscow Of War Crimes
Russia has accused Ukraine of provocation and conducting false flag operations in an attempt to frame Moscow.
On Tuesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed that Ukrainian security services had staged more alleged killings of civilians in several towns and villages to make headlines in the Western media and accuse Moscow of war crimes.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said the Kremlin-ordered attack on his country amounted to genocide, after local officials reported scores of civilians had been killed in a number of towns.
Despite Moscow’s arguments and their attempt to call a UN Security Council session, the West has already decided who to blame for the alleged atrocities
Moscow insists that same tactics have been used by Kiev to blame Russian forces for atrocities in the town of Bucha last week.
“The troops of the 72nd Ukrainian Main Center for Psychological Operations conducted another staged filming of civilians allegedly killed by violent actions of the Russian armed forces in order for it to be distributed through the Western media,” the ministry’s spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said during a briefing.
According to “confirmed information,” the filming took place in the village of Moschun some 23km northwest of the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Monday, he insisted.
Similar false flag operations have been carried out by the Ukrainian side in the cities of Sumy, Konotop and elsewhere, Konashenkov added.
On Saturday, Ukraine distributed graphic footage of multiple corpses lying in the streets of the suburban town of Bucha northwest of Kiev, saying that they were executed by Russian troops.
Moscow, which insists that it is not targeting civilians during its operation in Ukraine, has rejected those accusations as a provocation and a false flag operation by Kiev.
It pointed out numerous inconsistencies in the Ukrainian story, including the fact that the video emerged several days after the Russian forces withdrew from Bucha, and that the local mayor didn’t mention any killings in his video address declaring the “liberation” of the city.
Despite Russian arguments and Moscow’s attempt to call a UN Security Council session, the West has immediately picked, who to blame for the purported atrocities. US President Joe Biden has demanded a “war crimes trial” for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and the EU promised to send its experts to aid Ukrainian authorities in collecting evidence at the site.
Moscow launched a large-scale offensive against Ukraine in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokered protocols had been designed to regularize the status of those regions within the Ukrainian state.
Zelensky Accuses Russia Of Genocide, Says Peace Negotiations ‘Might Not Happen’ Now
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russian forces of committing genocide in his country.
Russia’s unprovoked bloody invasion of Ukraine amounts to a “genocide” Zelensky said while declaring that negotiations to end the conflict now “might not happen”. Peace talks with Russia would be difficult after the discovery of civilain corpses in Bucha he claimed.
Summit News reports: During a television appearance, Zelensky said “And in this meeting, we could find the way out of this situation, without losing our territory. I think that this is the bar we have to set for these negotiations. And then we will see. It might happen that there will be no negotiations. It might happen.”
Zelensky referred to the alleged massacre in Bucha, saying “We have just begun an investigation into all that the occupiers have done. At present, there is information about more than three hundred people killed and tortured in Bucha alone.”
“It is likely that the list of victims will be much larger when the whole city is checked. And this is only one city. One of the many Ukrainian communities that the Russian military managed to seize,” he added.
Zelensky said the atrocities are worse than the Holocaust:
“In many villages of the liberated districts of the Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy regions, the occupiers did things that the locals had not seen even during the Nazi occupation 80 years ago. The occupiers will definitely bear responsibility for this,” he said.
The Ukrainian leader also vowed that Russia will suffer if it does not seek peace:
“If the Russian leadership does not begin to really seek peace, really negotiate peace, they will put their country in the worst condition in 50 years. The so-called wicked 90’s will seem prosperous and calm,” he asserted.
As we noted yesterday, Russia has responded to the claims that its forces committed war crimes by brutally Murdering civilians in the town close to Kiev, calling the incident “fake” and labelling its orchestration as a “staged” false flag “provocation.”
Questions over what really happened remain as Ukrainian police posted on Facebook that they had conducted a “clearing op” in Bucha the day before videos emerged showing dead bodies scattered around the settlement, as the war of words over the alleged “war crime” continues.
The U.S. broadcast media has run with the genocide narrative, despite The New York Times and other outlets, as well as the Pentagon declaring that the Ukrainian claims cannot yet be verified.
Joe Biden again declared that Vladimir Putin is a war criminal, this time calling for a trial against the Russian leader: