Scholz expects further atrocities: Chancellor accuses Russia of “lies” and “war crimes”

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has accused the Russian military of committing war crimes in the Ukrainian city of Bucha. Russian soldiers “carried out a massacre of Ukrainian civilians there, including children, women and the elderly,” Scholz said in the Bundestag on Wednesday.

“The murder of civilians is a war crime.” The “terrible pictures” from Butscha “shook us all deeply,” said Scholz.

He sharply rejected claims by the Russian leadership that the relevant recordings were fake. “The cynical assertion spread by Russia that this issue is a staging falls back on those who spread these lies.” The perpetrators and their clients “must be held accountable,” Scholz demanded.

Government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said in Berlin that there were “credible indications” that Russian “armed and security forces” in the Butscha area were interrogating prisoners “who were subsequently executed.” These are “insights that we have”.

Scholz expects further atrocities

At the same time, it is evidence “that the Russian President and Commander-in-Chief Putin at least accepted human rights violations and war crimes in order to achieve his goals,” Hebestreit continued.

“The statements made by the Russian side that the scenes were staged or that they were not responsible for the murder are, in our view, untenable,” he stressed.

Scholz pointed out in the Bundestag that “the killing of the Russian military” in Ukraine is now continuing unabated. It must be expected that “more such pictures” as in Butscha would come to light. Scholz again called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to immediately end the “destructive and self-destructive” war in Ukraine.

Bundestag President Bärbel Bas (SPD) also condemned the events in Butscha. “Incomprehensible atrocities” were committed there, she said at the beginning of the Bundestag session. Cities are under siege in many places in Ukraine, “evacuation and humanitarian aid are being blocked, and the supply of food, water and electricity is being systematically cut.”

“It’s obviously about terror against the whole people,” said Bas, adding: “The German Bundestag condemns these war crimes in the strongest possible terms.” (AFP)

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