Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to demand greater help from world powers at a U.N. Security Council meeting Tuesday to battle Russia and hold its forces accountable over mounting evidence of civilian killings near Kyiv that have sparked global outrage.
Zelensky warned in a video early Tuesday that the death toll is expected to rise as Ukraine moves back into areas that Russian forces had occupied, revealing the scope of devastation left in their wake. The reports of corpses with their hands tied behind their backs and bodies lining the streets in Bucha, just northwest of the capital, prompted President Biden to accuse Russia of war crimes. The Kremlin has dismissed the gruesome scenes as “staged provocations” and has been eyeing the United Nations as a forum to blame Ukraine.
In southern Ukraine — where Moscow appears to be shifting its military focus, along with parts of the east — a Red Cross team seeking to evacuate people from the battered port city of Mariupol was released overnight. A Ukrainian official accused Russian forces of detaining the aid workers trying to reach trapped residents struggling to survive a brutal siege.
Here’s what to know
- In interviews with The Washington Post in recent days, residents near Kyiv and Mykolaiv in areas freed from Russian control recounted abuse and violence at the hands of Russian soldiers.
- A CNN television crew came under fire from Russian forces in southern Ukraine on Monday, surviving a close call that struck one of their cars. The crew was forced to cram into one vehicle to flee the area.
- The gruesome images out of Bucha are again raising questions about where the European Union draws its red lines on Russian energy.
- The Post has lifted its paywall for readers in Russia and Ukraine. Telegram users can subscribe to our channel for updates.
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