Full Text President Putin Comments on Bucha Massacre for the First Time
|President Putin said about Bucha Massacre|
Speaking at a televised news conference after talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko about the Bucha massacre, Russian President Putin said:
"I talk to colleagues from Western countries. And when they say "Bucha” to me, I ask them: "Have you ever been to Raqqa? Did you see how American aircraft completely destroyed and levelled that Syrian city to the ground?” Corpses had been decomposing there for months.
"Nobody cared about that. Nobody even noticed that. No one recalls anything about hundreds of civilians killed in Afghanistan either, when hundreds and more people were killed at weddings during air raids.
"They staged those provocations in Syria. They simulated the use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. They found out it was a fake later. The Bucha story is just another fake."
In his first public comments on the alleged atrocities, Putin first compared them to U.S. attacks on cities like Raqqa in Syria and then called the Bucha claims “fake.”
Earlier, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko called the events in Bucha a special psychological operation conducted by the UK. Lukashenko said that the Russian side could get all the information about both the individuals and the movement of all vehicles that were involved in the provocation.
Ukraine has accused the Russian military of executing residents of Bucha, a town outside the capital Kyiv that Russian troops had occupied for several weeks before withdrawing. Western countries have called for those responsible for the murder of civilians to be punished.
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Russian authorities have accused Ukraine of staging the harrowing scene to derail peace talks and prompt the West to impose more sanctions against Moscow.
President Vladimir Putin said peace talks with Ukraine are “at a dead end” and vowed to continue Russia’s invasion as Kyiv accused Moscow of sabotaging the negotiations.
There’s been no word of progress for days in video-link peace talks after Ukraine accused Russian troops of carrying out war crimes including killing unarmed civilians in Bucha and other towns in the north.
Dialog continued between the two sides by video link after the last in-person meeting in Istanbul on Mar. 29. There’s been no public confirmation of talks this week. Putin accused Ukraine of backing off earlier concessions, but Kyiv’s public position has not changed and it blames Russia for the lack of progress.
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