Monday, April 4, 2022

Ukrainian Troops shell retreating Russians; Ukraine Reclaims Bucha and Counts Its Dead; Ukraine Forces Find Bodies Littering Streets as Russia Retreats from Kyiv Region; New Reports of War Crimes Emerge as Russians Retreat From Kyiv Area, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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Zelenskyy: Troops shell retreating Russians
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukrainian troops retaking areas around Kyiv and Chernihiv are not allowing Russians to retreat without a fight, but are “shelling them. They are destroying everyone they can.”
Zelenskyy, in his Saturday night video address to the nation, said Ukraine knows Russia has the forces to put even more pressure on the east and south of Ukraine.
“What is the goal of the Russian troops? They want to seize the Donbas and the south of Ukraine,” he said. “What is our goal? To defend ourselves, our freedom, our land and our people.”
He said a significant portion of the Russian forces are tied up around Mariupol, where the city’s defenders continue to fight.
“Thanks to this resistance, thanks to the courage and resilience of our other cities, Ukraine has gained invaluable time, time that is allowing us to foil the enemy’s tactics and weaken its capabilities,” Zelenskyy said. --->READ MORE HERE
Christopher Occhicone for The WSJ
Ukraine Reclaims Bucha and Counts Its Dead:
When Ukrainian soldiers recaptured Bucha, near Kyiv, on Saturday, they found scores of dead civilians, adding to what rights watchdogs are calling mounting evidence of war crimes by Russia.
On the town’s west side, a civilian man waved down Ukrainian troops who followed him to a metal garage that was burnt and smoldering. Inside lay half of a woman’s body, its torso burnt, a head attached but without a face, the top of the skull detached.
The man said the woman’s name had been Valentina Promac and that she had taken refuge in her garage during the Russian occupation, refusing to turn over gasoline.
Rights group Human Rights Watch said on Sunday it had documented several instances of war crimes in Ukraine’s north and east, including a rape, summary executions, violence and looting by Russian troops.
The Russian Defense Ministry dismissed the reports about Bucha, calling them "another provocation" by the Ukrainian side. It said on Sunday that no local residents suffered from any violence while Bucha was under Russian control. --->READ MORE HERE
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