GENEVA, Evidence of massacres emerging from Bucha, Ukraine and other areas suggests that civilians were very deliberately “targeted and killed directly”, said Liz, spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Throssell, Tuesday April 5 2022.
Throssell also mentioned that the massacre in Bucha was very obvious as a war crime, unlike artillery or missile attacks targeting buildings, but more than that Russia would find it difficult to avoid the incident in Bucha.
Earlier, Ukrainian journalists and troops found dozens of bodies in plainclothes in Bucha, a suburb of Kiev, and its surroundings after Russian troops withdrew from there last week.
Associated Press reporters who were at the scene said there were dozens of bodies dressed in civilian clothes. They looked unarmed, shot at very close range, some with their hands tied or burnt.
“I think what we’re seeing in Bucha and the rest of the area clearly points to a very disturbing development. That brutality, when civilians are targeted really underscores how worrying this is. There are all signs that the victims were deliberately targeted and killed,” Throssell . said
Since launching the invasion on February 24, Russia has always denied accusations that it was targeting civilians, Moscow itself has again denied the recent massacre incident in Bucha.
However, fact-checkers have vehemently denied Russia’s claims that the Bucha massacre was simply a “fabrication”.
According to Throssell, allegations of the massacre of civilians in Bucha will be harder to hide than allegations of war crimes stemming from the bombings. The reason is that the act of directly killing civilians is difficult to consider having a “military context”.
“Of course, we’ve talked about war crimes in the context of cannon fire, bombardment and artillery strikes. They should also be investigated. However, you could argue that there is a military context that applies, for example, to the building that was attacked. It’s hard to see what the military context is for individuals lying on the streets with gunshot wounds to the head or their bodies burned,” Throssell said.