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A man takes photos of a destroyed tank near Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A person takes images of a destroyed tank close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. (AP Photograph/Felipe Dana)

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UNITED NATIONS — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will handle the U.N. Safety Council for the primary time at a gathering Tuesday that’s sure to concentrate on what seem like deliberate killings within the city of Bucha on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv.

The invention after the withdrawal of Russian troops has sparked international outrage and vehement denials from the Russian authorities.

The UK holds the council presidency this month introduced late Monday that the Ukrainian chief will converse on the open assembly.

Movies and images of streets in Bucha strewn with corpses of what seemed to be civilians, some with their palms tied behind their again, have led to international revulsion, requires more durable sanctions, and Russia’s suspension from the U.N.’s premiere human rights physique, the Human Rights Council.

In keeping with Ukraine’s prosecutor-general Iryna Venediktova, the our bodies of 410 civilians have been faraway from Kyiv-area cities that had been not too long ago retaken from Russian forces.

Related Press journalists have reported seeing the our bodies of at the very least 21 individuals in varied spots round Bucha, northwest of the capital.

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:

— Russia faces rising outrage amid new proof of atrocities

— Ukraine accuses Russia of bloodbath, metropolis strewn with our bodies

— World reacts with horror at photos of slain civilians in Ukraine cities

— Drug shortages persist in Russia after begin of Ukraine struggle

— Ukrainian refugees discover jobs, kindness as they settle in

— Russian, Ukrainian ballet stars to bounce collectively in Naples

— Go to https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine for extra protection

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

PARIS — The French overseas ministry introduced Monday that France has determined to expel “quite a few” Russian diplomats, saying their “actions had been opposite to our safety pursuits.”

The announcement got here hours after Germany stated it was expelling 40 diplomat and Lithuania stated it expelled the Russian ambassador and can recall its envoy in Moscow. No quantity was instantly given for what number of are being expelled by France.

German information company dpa quoted German Inside Minister Nancy Faeser as saying that the diplomats being expelled are these “whom we attribute to the Russian intelligence providers.”

Faeser says that “we gained’t enable this felony struggle of aggression to even be performed as an data struggle in Germany.”

UNITED NATIONS — Britain’s U.N. ambassador says a beforehand deliberate U.N. Safety Council assembly Tuesday is for certain to focus “entrance and middle” on the killing of enormous numbers of civilians in Ukraine.

A number of the useless had been discovered with their palms tied behind their backs after Russian troops left the Ukrainian city of Bucha on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv.

The UK holds the council presidency in April, and Ambassador Barbara Woodward stated Britain didn’t grant Russia’s request for a gathering on the state of affairs in Bucha on Monday as a result of “we didn’t see a superb motive to have two conferences again to again on Ukraine.”

She advised reporters that the Safety Council shall be briefed Tuesday by U.N. Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres, U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths and U.N. political chief Rosemary DiCarlo.

Woodward stated that “the photographs that we noticed popping out of Bucha over the weekend had been harrowing, appalling, possible proof of struggle crimes and presumably a genocide.”

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MOSCOW — Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says the nation feels no impression from the expulsion of its diplomats by varied European international locations, and signifies Russia will reply in sort.

Medvedev was Russia’s president from 2008 by means of 2012 and is now deputy chairman of the safety council underneath President Vladimir Putin. Writing on the messaging app Telegram, Medvedev says that “everybody is aware of the response: it is going to be symmetrical and damaging for bilateral relations.”

His feedback got here after Germany expelled 40 Russian diplomats Monday and Lithuania expelled the Russian ambassador and stated it might recall its envoy in Moscow. France on Monday additionally introduced it’ll expel “quite a few” Russian diplomats.

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LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk says greater than 1,550 civilians had been evacuated on Monday from the besieged port of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine.

Vereshchuk stated a complete of two,405 individuals had been evacuated alongside a humanitarian hall route working from Mariupol to the Ukraine-held metropolis of Zaporizhzhia, with 1,553 of these coming from Mariupol itself and the remainder from different areas within the closely contested space.

She stated the individuals used the dwindling variety of non-public automobiles left within the space to get out of Mariupol and {that a} convoy of seven buses despatched to assist remained unable to enter town to gather individuals.

Mariupol, on the Sea of Azov, is a key Russian navy goal that has confronted horrific bombardment.

Vereshchuk added that 971 different individuals had been evacuated from 5 areas within the japanese Luhansk area, the place Russia is now focusing a lot of its navy efforts. She accused Russia of “systematically breaching” an area cease-fire deliberate to facilitate evacuations there.

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LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian prosecutor-general Iryna Venediktova advised Ukrainian TV in the present day {that a} “related humanitarian state of affairs” to Bucha exists in different components of the nation the place Russian forces not too long ago left, such because the areas across the northern cities of Sumy and Chernihiv.

Ukrainian authorities stated the our bodies of at the very least 410 civilians have been present in areas exterior the Ukrainian capital, together with Bucha, after final week’s withdrawal of Russian troops, many with sure palms, close-range gunshot wounds and indicators of torture.

She additionally stated the state of affairs in Borodyanka, which is farther from Kyiv and was additionally held by Russian forces till not too long ago, could also be even worse.

Venediktova didn’t specify what precisely had occurred in Borodyanka however stated “the worst state of affairs when it comes to the victims” is there.

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BUCHAREST, Romania — Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Romania’s parliament Monday night in a video name by which the chief stated had Ukraine not defended itself, Russia would have carried out atrocities like that of Bucha “throughout Ukraine.”

Zelenskyy, who visited the city of Bucha on Monday to see the alleged crimes of Russia’s forces towards Ukrainian civilians, shared grim video footage throughout his handle that confirmed areas strewn with useless our bodies. The Bucha killings — which Zelenskyy labeled a “genocide” — have turn out to be the middle of worldwide outrage towards Russia.

“The navy tortured individuals and now we have each motive to consider that there are numerous extra individuals killed,” Zelenskyy stated. “Way more than we all know now.”

The Ukrainian chief additionally referred to as for more durable sanctions, saying “Russia have to be disadvantaged of all sources, primarily financial” and stated that the destiny of the area shall be determined by the end result of the struggle in Ukraine.

Earlier than the Ukrainian chief’s handle, the president of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, stated the previous couple of days “have proven us horrible photos which have overwhelmed and revolted us all.”

“I assist a speedy investigation by the Worldwide Prison Courtroom,” Ciolacu stated.

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KYIV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian authorities says that 18 journalists have been killed within the nation since Russia’s invasion started on Feb. 24.

The Ukrainian Tradition and Info Ministry stated in an announcement on social media Monday that every of the deaths and different crimes towards media representatives shall be investigated.

The ministry added that one other 13 journalists had been wounded, eight had been kidnapped or taken prisoner and three journalists had been nonetheless lacking. It stated that a number of crimes had been dedicated towards journalists from 11 international locations, together with Ukraine.

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LVIV, Ukraine — The governor of Ukraine’s northern Sumy area says Russian forces now not management any settlements within the space following their retreat, though some small teams of Russian troops stay.

Town of Sumy is close to the border with Russia and was besieged by Russian troops when the invasion started in February, as different Russian forces pushed onward to affix efforts to assault the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, from the northeast. Russia started withdrawing troops from the world round Kyiv final week and says it’s now focusing its efforts on the combating in japanese Ukraine.

Sumy Gov. Dmytro Zhyvystskyy stated on Ukrainian TV that “presently there aren’t any occupied settlements” and that invading forces have pulled again throughout the border into Russia with their automobiles and artillery.

Nevertheless, he added, “there are nonetheless particular person items and small teams of Russian troops and now they’re being caught” by the Ukrainian military and native Territorial Protection volunteers.

“A clean-up is going on throughout the entire territory of the area,” he stated.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The USA is allocating $250,000 to the worldwide chemical weapons watchdog to supply “help and safety” to Ukraine whether it is focused or threatened with chemical weapons.

The Group for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons introduced the contribution Monday, following a gathering final Thursday between Marc Shaw, deputy assistant secretary on the State Division’s Bureau of Arms Management, Verification and Compliance and OPCW Director-Common Fernando Arias.

Western nations have warned of attainable chemical weapons assaults by Russian forces since Moscow launched its invasion of its neighbor in late February.

Shaw stated in an announcement that america “stands with Ukraine and all those that face the specter of chemical weapons use.”

He says he hopes the cash will enable the group to “shortly help Ukraine because it seeks safety towards chemical threats from the Russian authorities.”

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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday referred to as for a struggle crimes trial towards Russian President Vladimir Putin and extra sanctions following reported atrocities in Bucha, one of many cities surrounding the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv the place Ukrainian officers say the our bodies of civilians have been discovered.

“What’s occurring in Bucha is outrageous and everybody sees it,” Biden stated.

Biden’s feedback got here after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited town referred to as the Russian actions “genocide.” Zelenskyy additionally referred to as for the West to use more durable sanctions towards Russia.

Biden, nonetheless, stopped wanting calling the actions genocide.

The our bodies of 410 civilians have been faraway from Kyiv-area cities that had been not too long ago retaken from Russian forces, stated Ukraine’s prosecutor-general, Iryna Venediktova. Related Press journalists noticed the our bodies of at the very least 21 individuals in varied spots round Bucha, northwest of the capital.

“We have now to proceed to supply Ukraine with the weapons they should proceed the struggle. And now we have to assemble all of the element so this may be an precise — have a struggle crimes trial,” Biden stated.

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WASHINGTON — A senior U.S. protection official says about two-thirds of the roughly 20 Russian battalion teams that had been positioned round Kyiv have now left and are both in Belarus or on their method there.

The U.S. has stated that the “overwhelming majority” of Russia’s roughly 125 battalion teams had been in Ukraine total throughout the early combating.

The official, who spoke on situation of anonymity to debate a navy evaluation, stated the U.S. assesses that Russian forces are being resupplied and bolstered in Belarus and would then return into Ukraine, doubtlessly within the Donbas area within the east.

As well as, Russian troops have been transferring out of Sumy and again into Russia. However they’ve been reinforcing and repositioning their artillery and placing extra vitality into the struggle across the metropolis of Izyum, which lies on a key path to the Donbas.

The official stated total, Russia has launched greater than 1,400 missiles into Ukraine for the reason that struggle started. In current days, these strikes have been extra targeted on the east and on Mariupol. The protection official stated the U.S. can’t independently confirm particulars of the atrocities in Bucha, however has no motive to doubt the claims. U.S. Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin was talking with Ukrainian Protection Minister Oleksiy Reznikov on Monday morning.

– AP author Lolita Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.

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VILNIUS, Lithuania — Lithuania on Monday introduced that it’ll expel Russia’s ambassador and recall its envoy in Moscow in response to rising indicators that Russian forces might have dedicated struggle crimes in Ukraine.

The Baltic nation additionally determined to shut a Russian consulate within the port metropolis of Klaipeda, the place it has a big offshore LNG import terminal.

“Lithuania strongly condemned the atrocities dedicated by the Russian armed forces in occupied Ukrainian cities, together with the brutal massacres in Bucha. All struggle crimes and crimes towards humanity dedicated by the Russian armed forces in Ukraine is not going to be forgotten,” Overseas Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis stated Monday.

He added that Lithuania’s ambassador to Ukraine was returning to Kyiv and that Lithuania’s European Union and NATO companions have been knowledgeable of its resolution to expel the Russian ambassador. He referred to as on them to do the identical.

In neighboring Latvia, Overseas Minister Edgars Rinkevics stated that Riga will slender diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation, in line with the Baltic Information Service. No resolution was made concerning decreasing the ties.

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A Russian regulation enforcement company says it has launched its personal investigation into allegations that Ukrainian civilians had been massacred in suburbs of Kyiv which had been held by Russian troops, specializing in what it calls “false data” about Russian forces.

The Investigative Committee claims Ukrainian authorities made the allegations “with the intention of discrediting Russian troops” and that these concerned ought to be investigated over attainable breaches of a brand new Russian regulation banning what the federal government deems to be false details about its forces.

Russian regulation enforcement has launched a number of investigations since Russian troops entered Ukraine, sometimes into incidents such because the shelling of areas held by Russia-backed separatists.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that Russia wants to maneuver shortly to barter an settlement to finish the struggle.

Talking on a go to Monday to the city of Bucha exterior Kyiv, the place lots of of civilians had been discovered useless after Russian troops’ retreat final week, Zelenskyy stated the proof of atrocities makes it arduous to conduct talks with Russia.

“It’s very troublesome to conduct negotiations whenever you see what they did right here,” Zelenskyy stated, including that in Bucha and different locations “useless individuals have been present in barrels, basements, strangled, tortured.” He added that the Russian management “must assume quicker if it has what to assume with.”

Zelenskyy added that “the longer the Russian Federation drags it out, the more severe it’ll exacerbate its personal state of affairs and this struggle.” Zelenskyy reaffirmed his criticism of former German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s opposition to Ukraine’s bid to affix NATO, saying that she and different Western leaders who resisted the transfer ought to come to Bucha to “see what the flirting with the Russian Federation results in.”

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GENEVA — The USA plans to hunt a suspension of Russia from its seat on the U.N.’s prime human rights physique within the wake of rising indicators that Russian forces might have dedicated struggle crimes in Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated Monday.

In keeping with an announcement from her workplace, Thomas-Greenfield made the decision for Russia to be stripped of its seat within the Human Rights Council within the wake of reviews over the weekend about violence towards civilians within the city of Bucha, close to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, after Russian forces pulled out.

Any resolution to droop Russia would require a call by the U.N. Common Meeting in New York.

Russia and the opposite 4 everlasting members of the U.N. Safety Council — Britain, China, France and america — all presently have seats on the 47-member rights council, which is predicated in Geneva. The USA rejoined the council this yr.

Thomas-Greenfield talked about the U.S. plan in a gathering with Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, her workplace stated.

In New York, Common Meeting spokeswoman Paulina Kubiak stated on Monday that no request for a gathering on the difficulty has been acquired but.

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GENEVA — The United Nations’ prime human rights official is looking for “impartial and efficient investigations” into what occurred within the Ukrainian city of Bucha.

U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet stated in an announcement Monday that she is “horrified by the photographs of civilians mendacity useless on the streets and in improvised graves.”

She added that “reviews rising from this and different areas elevate severe and disturbing questions on attainable struggle crimes, grave breaches of worldwide humanitarian regulation and severe violations of worldwide human rights regulation.”

Bachelet stated it’s important that every one our bodies be exhumed and recognized in order that victims’ households may be knowledgeable and the precise causes of dying decided. She stated all measures ought to be taken to protect proof.

“It’s vital that every one efforts are made to make sure there are impartial and efficient investigations into what occurred in Bucha to make sure fact, justice and accountability, in addition to reparations and treatment for victims and their households,” Bachelet stated.

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LONDON — Britain has condemned Russia’s “barbaric” killing of civilians in Ukraine, although it stopped wanting calling Moscow’s actions genocide.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman, Max Blain, stated our bodies present in areas not too long ago recaptured from Russia confirmed “despicable assaults towards harmless civilians, and they’re but extra proof that Putin and his military are committing what seem like struggle crimes in Ukraine.”

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and a few Western leaders have accused Russia of committing genocide.

Blain stated “the prime minister’s view is that Putin crossed the brink of barbarism a while in the past,” however added that solely a courtroom could make a willpower of genocide.

Britain is urging Western allies to implement more durable sanctions to “ratchet up” strain on Russia, together with reducing it off utterly from t

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MOSCOW — Russia’s prime diplomat has dismissed Ukraine’s accusations that Russian troops dedicated atrocities towards its civilians as a staged provocation.

Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov stated initially of his talks Monday with U.N. Beneath-Secretary-Common Martin Griffiths that Moscow sees the Ukrainian declare of a bloodbath of civilians in Bucha exterior Kyiv as “a provocation that posed a direct risk to international peace and safety.”

Lavrov famous that Russia has referred to as for an pressing assembly of the United Nations Safety Council however the U.Okay. that presently chairs it refused to convene it. He vowed to press the demand for holding the assembly.

Ukrainian authorities stated the our bodies of at the very least 410 civilians have been present in areas exterior the Ukrainian capital after final week’s withdrawal of Russian troops, many with sure palms, close-range gunshot wounds and indicators of torture. A rising variety of world leaders have voiced outrage and referred to as for more durable sanctions towards Moscow.

Lavrov charged that the mayor of Bucha made no point out of atrocities towards civilians a day after Russian troops left Bucha on Wednesday, however two days later scores of our bodies had been photographed scattered within the streets in what the Russian minister described as a “stage-managed anti-Russian provocation.”

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MOSCOW — The Kremlin has strongly rejected the accusations that Russian troops dedicated atrocities towards civilians in Ukraine and pushed for a gathering of the United Nations Safety Council.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated Monday that the Ukrainian claims that Russian troops had killed lots of of civilians exterior Kyiv can’t be trusted, including that “we categorically reject the accusations.” Peskov’s remark in a convention name with reporters adopted the Russian Protection Ministry’s assertion accusing the Ukrainian authorities of stage-managing what it described as a “provocation” to smear Russia.

Ukrainian authorities have stated the our bodies of at the very least 410 civilians have been present in areas exterior the Ukrainian capital after final week’s withdrawal of Russian troops, many with sure palms, close-range gunshot wounds and indicators of torture. Worldwide leaders have condemned the reported atrocities and referred to as for more durable sanctions towards Moscow.

Peskov stated that picture and video supplies from the world mirrored unspecified “manipulations” and urged worldwide leaders to fastidiously analyze the details and listen to the Russian arguments earlier than speeding in charge Moscow.

Russia has referred to as for an pressing assembly of the United Nations Safety Council however the U.Okay. which presently chairs it refused to convene it, in line with Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian envoy on the worldwide group’s workplaces in Vienna.

Peskov stated that Russia will maintain pushing for the assembly, noting that Russia needs the difficulty to be mentioned on the highest stage.

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BRUSSELS — The European Union’s prime diplomat has joined a rising refrain of worldwide criticism blaming the Russian armed forces for alleged atrocities dedicated towards civilians in Ukraine.

EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell says “the Russian authorities are answerable for these atrocities, dedicated whereas they’d efficient management of the world. They’re topic to the worldwide regulation of occupation.”

Borrell stated Monday that the “haunting photos of enormous numbers of civilian deaths and casualties, in addition to destruction of civilian infrastructures present the true face of the brutal struggle of aggression Russia is waging towards Ukraine and its individuals.”

Working with the U.S., U.Okay. and different worldwide companions, the EU has been ramping up sanctions towards Russia because it invaded Ukraine in February. Borrell says the 27-country bloc “will advance, as a matter of urgency, work on additional sanctions towards Russia.”

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