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Live Blog: Ukrainian mass graves are part of Russian ‘war crimes’

EU seeks international tribunal for ‘war crimes’ after mass grave discovered, and Biden warns Putin not to use tactical nuclear or chemical weapons.

Ukrainian authorities have discovered around 450 graves outside the formerly Russian-occupied town of Izyum, with some of the exhumed bodies showing signs of torture. (AFP)

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Trudeau: Ukrainian mass graves are part of Russian war crimes

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said mass graves discovered in Ukraine are evidence of Russia’s war crimes, adding that full accountability for its actions is needed.

Trudeau, in London for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, told reporters he had met British Prime Minister Liz Truss and that Russia’s actions in Ukraine were high on their agenda.

These actions “increasingly clearly include war crimes, include absolutely unacceptable crimes, whether we think of what we found in Bucha or the discovery of mass graves in the territories recovered by Ukraine”, he said. -he declares.

It’s unclear how Russia will react to setbacks on the battlefield in Ukraine – America’s greatest general

US Army General Mark Milley warned it was still unclear how Russia might respond to the latest battlefield setbacks in Ukraine and called for vigilance among US troops as he visited a base in Poland helping Ukraine in the conflict.

“The war isn’t going too well for Russia right now. So it’s incumbent on all of us to maintain a high state of readiness, alert,” Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters. in Warsaw after a visit to a base. accommodate US troops.

Milley said he was not suggesting US troops in Europe faced an increased threat, but said they had to be ready.

Soviet Queen of Pop speaks out against Ukraine offensive

Russian pop superstar Alla Pugacheva has denounced the conflict in Ukraine and the “death of our boys for illusory purposes” amid a harsh crackdown on any anti-Kremlin criticism.

The legendary crooner spoke publicly about the Ukraine offensive for the first time after her husband Maxim Galkin was recognized as a foreign agent – a label reminiscent of “the enemy of the people” that has been widely used against opponents, journalists and human rights activists.

“I ask you to put me on the list of foreign agents of my beloved country,” Pugacheva, 73, posted on Instagram, in solidarity with her husband, who wanted “an end to the death of our boys for illusory goals that make our country a pariah and weigh heavily on the lives of its citizens”.

Ukraine searches for its dead at a burial site

Dressed in white protective suits and wearing rubber gloves, Ukrainian rescue workers unearthed more bodies from a wooded burial site in territory recently retaken from Russian forces, while townspeople searched for dead relatives.

Ukraine says hundreds of people are buried at the site discovered this week, including at least 17 Ukrainian servicemen found in a mass grave on Friday and others believed to be civilians buried in individual graves marked with flimsy wooden crosses. .

The causes of death have yet to be established, although locals say some of the graves near the town of Izyum were those of people who died in an airstrike. Ukrainian authorities said at least one of the bodies had its hands tied and rope marks on its neck.

Moscow has not commented on the discovery of the graves. He regularly denies committing atrocities or targeting civilians.

Australia rules out ban on Russian tourists as part of sanctions

Australia will not bar Russian tourists from entering the country as part of sanctions imposed on Russia for its assault on Ukraine, Defense Minister Richard Marles has said.

Since the start of the conflict, Australia has sanctioned hundreds of Russian individuals and entities, including most of the Russian banking sector and all organizations responsible for the country’s sovereign debt.

Asked if Australia would also ban Russian tourists, Marles said the sanctions were aimed at the Russian government, “not the Russian people themselves”. “It’s not something we’re considering right now,” he told ABC television.

Russian forces in occupied Kherson ‘neutralize’ armed gang

Russian security forces fired on an armed gang of criminals in the center of the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson and “neutralized” them, the Tass news agency reported.

Kherson in southern Ukraine was occupied by Russian troops shortly after the February assault began and kyiv is vowing to retake it.

“A group of armed people who had been identified put up resistance. Russian security forces quickly went there and neutralized the criminals,” Tass said, citing a security source. There were no civilian casualties, the source added.

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Source: Reuters