kyiv Investigates Russian Troops Over Bucha, Biden Seeks $33 Billion Package

Railroad car engulfed in flames after shelling in Lyman, Ukraine

Ukrainian prosecutors said on Thursday they were investigating 10 Russian soldiers for suspected war crimes in Bucha and had identified more than 8,000 cases of suspected war crimes since Russia invaded.

In Washington, US President Joe Biden said he would ask Congress for a $33 billion package to further arm and support Ukraine and criticized Moscow for its “idle comments” on the possible use of nuclear weapons.

On the ground, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made his first visit to Ukraine since the February 24 Russian invasion, now in its third month, touring Bucha and two other towns where Russian forces are accused of crimes.

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“I call on the Russian Federation to accept and cooperate with the ICC,” he said, ahead of a scheduled meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Some corpses had their hands tied behind their backs. Ukrainian officials accused Russian troops of massacring hundreds of civilians, but Moscow denied any involvement, saying the footage was fake.

The prosecutor general’s office in Ukraine said the 10 servicemen under investigation served in Russia’s 64th Motorized Infantry Brigade.

In an interview with a German television channel, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova also revealed that the country’s investigators had identified 8,600 cases of possible war crimes.

The $33 billion package sought by Biden is a significant increase on previous requests and comes after the Russian leader warned Wednesday that if Western forces intervene in Ukraine and create “unacceptable threats,” they will face a response. military “lightning”.

Biden also outlined proposals to use assets seized from Russian oligarchs to compensate Ukraine for war damage, as the United States tries to ramp up economic punishment on the Kremlin.

– ‘A hope’ –

“We have only one hope left: to return home,” added retiree Galina Bodnya.

The first phase of the Russian invasion failed to reach kyiv or topple the Zelensky government after meeting stiff Ukrainian resistance reinforced by Western weapons.

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has warned of “extremely difficult weeks” as Moscow tries to “inflict as much pain as possible”.

– German vote –

Western allies remain wary of being drawn into a war with Russia, but have increased military support.

It drew praise from Ukraine’s top presidential adviser, Mykhaylo Podolyak, for marking “the return of (German) leadership” in Europe.

Ukraine’s ombudsman condemned the move as an “act of annexation” and a “serious violation” of the articles of the UN Charter.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov urged Europe to be “stronger” and stop using Russian gas when he also visited Ukraine, arguing that “everyone in Europe should be able to do it.”

Since then, Bulgaria and Poland have been receiving gas from their EU neighbors, as Brussels warned it would not give up its support for kyiv, accusing the Kremlin of attempted “blackmail”.

European powers have imposed massive sanctions on Russia since Putin’s invasion, but have moved slowly to attack Moscow’s vast exports.

Tensions have also risen in Transnistria, an unrecognized breakaway region of Moldova that borders southwestern Ukraine.

“We are alarmed by the escalation of tensions in Transnistria,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, saying Moscow expected “a thorough and objective investigation.”

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