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Volunteers collect bodies of murdered civilians, in Bucha, close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh wave of condemnatio...
Parts of a destroyed aircraft at the Antonov airport in Hostomel, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
People stay in a yard as smoke rises in the air in the background after shelling in Odessa, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakou...
Ira Gavriluk holds her cat as she walks next to the bodies of her husband, brother, and another man, who were killed outside her home in Bucha, on the...
CORRECTS NAME  Ruslan Mishanin bids farewell to his nine year old daughter as the train with his family leaves for Poland, at the train station in Ode...
A Ukrainian soldier walks with children passing destroyed cars due to the war against Russia, in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Apr...
Journalists stand by a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh wave of condemnation af...
A dead civilian with his hands tied behind his back lies on the ground in Bucha close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh...
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, center left, examines the site of a recent battle in Bucha, close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Apr. 4, 2022. Rus...
A dog wanders around destroyed houses and Russian military vehicles, in Bucha close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh ...
A Ukrainian serviceman walks past the Antonov An-225 aircraft destroyed during fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces, at the Antonov airport i...
In the courtyard of their house, Vlad Tanyuk, 6, stands near the grave of his mother Ira Tanyuk, who died because of starvation and stress due to the ...
Ukrainian soldiers examine destroyed Russian military vehicles following a battle in Bucha, close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is f...
A view of the Mariupol theater damaged during fighting in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukrain...
A view inside the Mariupol theater damaged during fighting in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Uk...
The wife of 44-year-old soldier Tereshko Volodymyr, centre, reacts, during his funeral ceremony, after he killed in action, at the Holy Apostles Peter...
Soldiers place the Ukrainian flag on the coffin of 41-year-old soldier Simakov Oleksandr, during his funeral ceremony, after he was killed in action, ...
Tanya Nedashkivs'ka, 57, mourns the death of her husband, killed in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing ...
Family and friends attend the funeral of 37-year-old sergeant Kostiv Andrew, who was killed in action, at the Lychakiv cemetery, in Lviv, western Ukra...
Tetiana Rurak, 25-year-old widow Oleksandra Rurak, visits her soldier husband Volodymyr Rurak's, grave with her one and a half year old daughter, afte...
In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Monda...
Family and friends attend the funeral of 37-year-old sergeant Kostiv Andrew, who was killed in action, at the Lychakiv cemetery, in Lviv, western Ukra...
An elderly woman prepares to have lunch in the basement of a building that was used as housing for 400 people, since its apartments were used by Russi...
People gather around a soup kitchen in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh wave of condemnation ...
A view inside the Mariupol theater damaged during fighting in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Uk...
A family walks pass a car crushed by a Russian tank in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine's president planned t...
A cat takes shelters from the cold in a box where ammunitions are kept, in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s...
A woman cries as she waits in a line after fleeing the war from neighbouring Ukraine at the border crossing in Medyka, southeastern Poland, Tuesday, A...
Ukrainian soldiers recover the remains of four killed civilians from inside a charred vehicle in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, ...
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks via remote feed during a meeting of the UN Security Council, Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at United Nations ...
Local residents get volunteers' humanitarian aid in Bucha close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president told the U.N. Security Co...
A woman watches as workers remove the bodies of three men killed in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president pla...
Relatives and friends stands by the coffin of Ukrainian serviceman Anatoly German during a funeral ceremony in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, ...
Journalists report next to a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president plans to address the ...
Technicians try to fix the internet in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has t...
A dog stands next to the body of an elderly woman killed at the entrance of her house in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (A...
A woman walks next to a destroyed Russian armor vehicle in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president plans...
Women receive donated food in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president plans to address the U.N.’s most p...
Bullets lie on the site of a recent battle in Bucha, close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president plans to address the U.N.’s mo...
A Ukrainian saper examines a destroyed Russian military vehicle in Bucha, Ukraine, Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president told the U.N. Security C...
People ride bicycles by an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5,...
Ukrainian serviceman carry a coffin of their comrade Anatoly German during a funeral ceremony in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Anatoly ...
Tetiana Rurak, 25-year-old widow Oleksandra Rurak, visits her soldier husband Volodymyr Rurak's, grave with her one and a half year old daughter, afte...
A man exits a damaged pharmacy following a bombing, last day, that killed nine civilians, in Mykolaiv Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Petro...
People look for personal belongings in the rubble of an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyank...
People light candles forming Ukraine's map, in memory of lost lives, in front of the Taras Shevchenko monument, in Lviv, western Ukraine, Tuesday, Apr...
People walk by an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Uk...
Relatives of three men killed in the courtyard of a house, remove clothing and valuables from the home in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tu...
Dmitriy Evtushkov, 25, points to his picture in a primary school album retrieved from the rubble of an apartment building destroyed during fighting be...
People listen to prayers before lighting candles forming Ukraine's map, in memory of lost lives, in front of the Taras Shevchenko monument, in Lviv, w...
A resident looks for belongings in the ruins of an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Uk...
A man makes his way with his bicycle behind the place of a rocket hit the ground, two days ago outside a hospital, in Mykolaiv Ukraine, Tuesday, April...
Workers carry the body of people found dead to a cemetery in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president told the U...
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks via remote feed during a meeting of the UN Security Council, Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at United Nations ...
A woman walks by a house destroyed while her village was occupied by Russian troops in Andriivka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukrainian President...
A resident looks for belongings in an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesda...
A girl stands in front of lit candles forming the shape of Ukraine's map, in memory of lost lives, in front of the Taras Shevchenko monument, in Lviv,...
A dog stands next to the body of an elderly woman killed inside a house in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe...
A journalist stands next to a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president plans to address the...
A woman stands next to three men killed in the courtyard of a house in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Rod...
A Ukrainian serviceman walks on an abandoned Russian army tank in Andriivka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ...
Relatives and friends stand near the coffin of Ukrainian serviceman Anatoly German during a funeral ceremony in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5,...
Police carry a dead body of one of six civilians - three women, one teenager girl and two men who were found in Bucha, close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday...
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks via remote feed during a meeting of the UN Security Council, Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at United Nations ...
Ukrainian serviceman carry a coffin, left, of their comrade Anatoly German during a funeral ceremony in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. A...
A Ukrainian serviceman walks on an abandoned Russian army tank in Andriivka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ...
A dog stands next to the body of an elderly woman killed at the entrance of her house in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (A...
A man exits a damaged pharmacy following a bombing, on the previous day, that killed nine civilians, in Mykolaiv Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP ...
People light candles forming the shape of Ukraine's map, in memory of lost lives, in front of the Taras Shevchenko monument, in Lviv, western Ukraine,...

Volunteers collect bodies of murdered civilians, in Bucha, close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh wave of condemnatio...

Parts of a destroyed aircraft at the Antonov airport in Hostomel, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

People stay in a yard as smoke rises in the air in the background after shelling in Odessa, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakou...

Ira Gavriluk holds her cat as she walks next to the bodies of her husband, brother, and another man, who were killed outside her home in Bucha, on the...

CORRECTS NAME Ruslan Mishanin bids farewell to his nine year old daughter as the train with his family leaves for Poland, at the train station in Ode...

A Ukrainian soldier walks with children passing destroyed cars due to the war against Russia, in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Apr...

Journalists stand by a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh wave of condemnation af...

A dead civilian with his hands tied behind his back lies on the ground in Bucha close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, center left, examines the site of a recent battle in Bucha, close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Apr. 4, 2022. Rus...

A dog wanders around destroyed houses and Russian military vehicles, in Bucha close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh ...

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past the Antonov An-225 aircraft destroyed during fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces, at the Antonov airport i...

In the courtyard of their house, Vlad Tanyuk, 6, stands near the grave of his mother Ira Tanyuk, who died because of starvation and stress due to the ...

Ukrainian soldiers examine destroyed Russian military vehicles following a battle in Bucha, close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is f...

A view of the Mariupol theater damaged during fighting in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukrain...

A view inside the Mariupol theater damaged during fighting in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Uk...

The wife of 44-year-old soldier Tereshko Volodymyr, centre, reacts, during his funeral ceremony, after he killed in action, at the Holy Apostles Peter...

Soldiers place the Ukrainian flag on the coffin of 41-year-old soldier Simakov Oleksandr, during his funeral ceremony, after he was killed in action, ...

Tanya Nedashkivs'ka, 57, mourns the death of her husband, killed in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing ...

Family and friends attend the funeral of 37-year-old sergeant Kostiv Andrew, who was killed in action, at the Lychakiv cemetery, in Lviv, western Ukra...

Tetiana Rurak, 25-year-old widow Oleksandra Rurak, visits her soldier husband Volodymyr Rurak's, grave with her one and a half year old daughter, afte...

In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Monda...

Family and friends attend the funeral of 37-year-old sergeant Kostiv Andrew, who was killed in action, at the Lychakiv cemetery, in Lviv, western Ukra...

An elderly woman prepares to have lunch in the basement of a building that was used as housing for 400 people, since its apartments were used by Russi...

People gather around a soup kitchen in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh wave of condemnation ...

A view inside the Mariupol theater damaged during fighting in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Uk...

A family walks pass a car crushed by a Russian tank in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine's president planned t...

A cat takes shelters from the cold in a box where ammunitions are kept, in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s...

A woman cries as she waits in a line after fleeing the war from neighbouring Ukraine at the border crossing in Medyka, southeastern Poland, Tuesday, A...

Ukrainian soldiers recover the remains of four killed civilians from inside a charred vehicle in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, ...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks via remote feed during a meeting of the UN Security Council, Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at United Nations ...

Local residents get volunteers' humanitarian aid in Bucha close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president told the U.N. Security Co...

A woman watches as workers remove the bodies of three men killed in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president pla...

Relatives and friends stands by the coffin of Ukrainian serviceman Anatoly German during a funeral ceremony in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, ...

Journalists report next to a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president plans to address the ...

Technicians try to fix the internet in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has t...

A dog stands next to the body of an elderly woman killed at the entrance of her house in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (A...

A woman walks next to a destroyed Russian armor vehicle in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president plans...

Women receive donated food in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president plans to address the U.N.’s most p...

Bullets lie on the site of a recent battle in Bucha, close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president plans to address the U.N.’s mo...

A Ukrainian saper examines a destroyed Russian military vehicle in Bucha, Ukraine, Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president told the U.N. Security C...

People ride bicycles by an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5,...

Ukrainian serviceman carry a coffin of their comrade Anatoly German during a funeral ceremony in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Anatoly ...

Tetiana Rurak, 25-year-old widow Oleksandra Rurak, visits her soldier husband Volodymyr Rurak's, grave with her one and a half year old daughter, afte...

A man exits a damaged pharmacy following a bombing, last day, that killed nine civilians, in Mykolaiv Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Petro...

People look for personal belongings in the rubble of an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyank...

People light candles forming Ukraine's map, in memory of lost lives, in front of the Taras Shevchenko monument, in Lviv, western Ukraine, Tuesday, Apr...

People walk by an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Uk...

Relatives of three men killed in the courtyard of a house, remove clothing and valuables from the home in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tu...

Dmitriy Evtushkov, 25, points to his picture in a primary school album retrieved from the rubble of an apartment building destroyed during fighting be...

People listen to prayers before lighting candles forming Ukraine's map, in memory of lost lives, in front of the Taras Shevchenko monument, in Lviv, w...

A resident looks for belongings in the ruins of an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Uk...

A man makes his way with his bicycle behind the place of a rocket hit the ground, two days ago outside a hospital, in Mykolaiv Ukraine, Tuesday, April...

Workers carry the body of people found dead to a cemetery in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president told the U...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks via remote feed during a meeting of the UN Security Council, Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at United Nations ...

A woman walks by a house destroyed while her village was occupied by Russian troops in Andriivka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukrainian President...

A resident looks for belongings in an apartment building destroyed during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Borodyanka, Ukraine, Tuesda...

A girl stands in front of lit candles forming the shape of Ukraine's map, in memory of lost lives, in front of the Taras Shevchenko monument, in Lviv,...

A dog stands next to the body of an elderly woman killed inside a house in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe...

A journalist stands next to a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukraine’s president plans to address the...

A woman stands next to three men killed in the courtyard of a house in Bucha, in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Rod...

A Ukrainian serviceman walks on an abandoned Russian army tank in Andriivka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ...

Relatives and friends stand near the coffin of Ukrainian serviceman Anatoly German during a funeral ceremony in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5,...

Police carry a dead body of one of six civilians - three women, one teenager girl and two men who were found in Bucha, close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday...

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks via remote feed during a meeting of the UN Security Council, Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at United Nations ...

Ukrainian serviceman carry a coffin, left, of their comrade Anatoly German during a funeral ceremony in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. A...

A Ukrainian serviceman walks on an abandoned Russian army tank in Andriivka, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ...

A dog stands next to the body of an elderly woman killed at the entrance of her house in Bucha, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (A...

A man exits a damaged pharmacy following a bombing, on the previous day, that killed nine civilians, in Mykolaiv Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP ...

People light candles forming the shape of Ukraine's map, in memory of lost lives, in front of the Taras Shevchenko monument, in Lviv, western Ukraine,...

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused the Russians of gruesome atrocities in Ukraine and told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that those responsible should immediately be brought up on war crimes charges in front of a tribunal like the one established at Nuremberg after World War II.

Over the past few days, grisly images of what appeared to be intentional killings of civilians carried out by Russian forces in Bucha and other towns before they withdrew from the outskirts of Kyiv have caused a global outcry and led Western nations to expel scores of Moscow’s diplomats and propose further sanctions, including a ban on coal imports from Russia.

Zelenskyy, speaking via video from Ukraine to U.N. diplomats, said that civilians had been tortured, shot in the back of the head, thrown down wells, blown up with grenades in their apartments and crushed to death by tanks while in cars.

“They cut off limbs, cut their throats. Women were raped and killed in front of their children," he said. He asserted that people's tongues were pulled out “only because their aggressor did not hear what they wanted to hear from them.”

Zelenskyy said that both those who carried out the killings and those who gave the orders “must be brought to justice immediately for war crimes” in front of a tribunal similar to what was used in postwar Germany.

Moscow's U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said that while Bucha was under Russian control, “not a single local person has suffered from any violent action.” Reiterating what the Kremlin has contended for days, he said that video footage of bodies in the streets was “a crude forgery” staged by the Ukrainians.

“You only saw what they showed you,” he said. “The only ones who would fall for this are Western dilettantes.”

As Zelenskyy spoke to the diplomats, survivors of the monthlong Russian occupation took investigators to body after body of townspeople allegedly shot down by troops. Others simply surveyed the destruction.

In Borodyanka, northwest of Kyiv, 25-year-old, Dmitriy Yevtushkov searched the rubble of apartment buildings and found that only a photo album remained from his family’s home. In the besieged southern city of Mykolaiv, a passerby stopped briefly to look at the bright blossoms of a shattered flower stand lying among bloodstains, the legacy of a Russian shell that killed nine. The onlooker sketched out the sign of the cross in the air, and moved on.

Associated Press journalists in Bucha have counted dozens of corpses in civilian clothes and interviewed Ukrainians who told of witnessing atrocities. Also, high-resolution satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies showed that many of the bodies had been lying in the open for weeks, during the time that Russian forces were in the town.

The dead in Bucha included a pile of six charred bodies, as witnessed by AP journalists. It was not clear who they were or under what circumstances they died. One body was probably that of a child, said Andrii Nebytov, head of police in the Kyiv region. A gunshot wound to the head was visible on one.

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court at The Hague opened an investigation a month ago into possible war crimes in Ukraine.

Zelenskyy stressed that Bucha was only one place and that there are more with similar horrors — a warning echoed by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg, meanwhile, warned that in pulling back from the capital, Russian President Vladimir Putin's military is regrouping its forces in order to deploy them to eastern and southern Ukraine for a “crucial phase of the war." Russia's stated goal currently is control of the Donbas, the largely Russian-speaking industrial region in the east that includes the shattered port city of Mariupol.

“Moscow is not giving up its ambitions in Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said.

While both Ukrainian and Russian representatives sent optimistic signals following their latest round of talks a week ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow won’t accept a Ukrainian demand that a prospective peace deal include an immediate pullout of troops followed by a Ukrainian referendum on the agreement.

In televised remarks Tuesday, Lavrov said a new deal would have to be negotiated if the vote failed, and “we don’t want to play such cat and mouse.”

Ukrainian officials said that the bodies of at least 410 civilians have been found in towns around Kyiv that were recaptured from Russian forces and that a “torture chamber” was discovered in Bucha.

Zelenskyy told the Security Council there was “not a single crime” that Russian troops hadn’t committed in Bucha.

“The Russian military searched for and purposefully killed anyone who served our country. They shot and killed women outside their houses when they just tried to call someone who is alive. They killed entire families, adults and children, and they tried to burn the bodies,” he said. They used tanks to crush civilians “just for their pleasure,” he said.

On Tuesday, police and other investigators walked the silent streets of Bucha. Survivors who hid in their homes during the Russian occupation of the town, many of them past middle age, wandered past charred tanks and jagged window panes with plastic bags of food and other humanitarian aid. Red Cross workers checked in on intact homes.

Many of the dead seen by AP journalists appeared to have been shot at close range, and some had their hands bound or their flesh burned.

The AP and the PBS series “Frontline” have jointly verified at least 90 incidents during the war that appear to violate international law. The War Crimes Watch Ukraine project is looking into apparent targeted attacks as well as indiscriminate ones.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the images from Bucha revealed “not the random act of a rogue unit” but “a deliberate campaign to kill, to torture, to rape, to commit atrocities.” He said the reports of atrocities were “more than credible."

“Only non-humans are capable of this,” said Angelica Chernomor, a refugee from Kyiv who crossed into Poland with her two children and saw the photos from Bucha. “Even if people live under a totalitarian regime, they must retain feelings, dignity, but they do not.”

Chernomor is among the more than 4 million Ukrainians who have fled the country in the wake of the Feb. 24 invasion.

Russia has rejected similar accusations of atrocities in the past by accusing its enemies of forging photos and video and using so-called crisis actors.

As Western leaders condemned the killings in Bucha, Romania, Italy, Spain and Denmark expelled dozens of Russian diplomats on Tuesday, following moves by Germany and France. Hundreds of Russian diplomats have been sent home since the start of the invasion, many accused of being spies.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the expulsions a “short-sighted” measure that would complicate communication and warned they would be met with “reciprocal steps.”

The U.S., in coordination with the European Union and Group of Seven nations, will roll out more sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, including a ban on all new investment in the country, a senior administration official said, speaking on condition to discuss the upcoming announcement.

Also, the EU's executive branch proposed a ban on coal imports from Russia, in what would be the first time the 27-nation bloc has sanctioned the country’s lucrative energy industry over the war. The coal imports amount to an estimated 4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) per year.

Just hours before the latest proposal was announced, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that to prevent “new Buchas,” the West must impose the “mother of all sanctions” — on Russian oil and gas.

"A few months of tightening your belts are worth thousands of saved lives,” he said.

But Western nations are divided over how far to go. While some are calling for a boycott of Russian oil and gas, Germany and others fear that such a move could plunge the continent into a severe economic crisis.

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Lederer reported from the United Nations. Yuras Karmanau in Lviv, Ukraine, and Associated Press journalists around the world contributed to this report.

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Follow the AP’s coverage of the war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine


Updated : 2022-05-24 08:44 GMT+08:00