Apr 04, 2022
By Jane Brown
Foreign outrage is mounting over evidence of possible executions and other atrocities by Vladimir Putin’s Russian forces in Ukraine.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls reports of rape and other war crimes “beyond reprehensible.”
Germany’s defence minister says Europe must consider stepping up penalties for Moscow by boycotting its gas exports.
And Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, says in a statement, “We strongly condemn the murder of civilians in Ukraine, remain committed to holding the Russian regime accountable, and will continue to do everything we can to support the people of Ukraine. Those responsible for these egregious and appalling attacks will be brought to justice.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says in particular the civilian casualty scenes in Bucha are brutal.
And Kuleba says the scale of crimes committed by Russian forces are “worse than ISIS.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meantime, appeared in a video message at the Grammy Awards Sunday night, to ask for support in telling the story of Ukraine’s invasion by Russia.
“We are fighting Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs. Fill the silence with your music. Fill it today, to tell our story, tell the truth about war, on social networks, on TV, support us, in anyway you can,” Zelenskyy implored in a pre-recorded messeage.
Zelenskyy likened the invasion to a deadly silence threatening to extinguish the dreams and lives of the Ukrainian people, including children.