Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know right now

April 4 (Reuters) – Ukrainian authorities were investigating possible war crimes by Russia after finding hundreds of bodies, some bound and shot at close range, strewn around towns near Kyiv after Kremlin forces withdrew to refocus attacks elsewhere. read more


* Ukraine said 50 of some 300 bodies found in Bucha northwest of the capital, Kyiv, were victims of extra-judicial killings by Russian troops. Reuters could not verify the report.

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* Satellite images showed a 45-foot (14-m) -long trench dug into the grounds of a church where a mass grave was found. read more

* Ukraine called for an International Criminal Court investigation that France and Britain said they would support. read more

* Russia said alleged “crimes” by its troops in Bucha were a “provocation” and no resident suffered.

* Rights group Human Rights Watch said it had documented “apparent war crimes” by Russian forces. read more


* Ukraine’s General Staff said Russia was expected to mobilise about 60,000 reservists. Reuters could not independently confirm the claim.

* Explosions were heard early on Monday in the cities of Kherson and Odesa, in the south, while air raid sirens sounded across the east.

1/5 Local residents walk past a building destroyed during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko Read More

* Heavy fighting has continued in Mariupol as Russian forces attempt to take the southeastern port city, British military intelligence said. read more


* Ukraine demanded crippling new sanctions on Russia from major Western powers over what it called a “massacre” in Bucha. read more

* Germany said the West would agree to impose more sanctions on Russia in the coming days, with its defence minister saying the European Union should discuss ending imports of Russian gas. read more

* French President Emmanuel Macron said a new round of was needed and that there were “very clear clues pointing to war crimes” by Russian forces in Bucha. read more


* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appeared in a video aired at the Grammy Awards and appealed to viewers to support Ukrainians “in any way you can”. read more

* Russia said it had requested a U.N. Security Council meeting because of what Moscow called Kyiv’s attempts to disrupt peace talks and escalate violence with a “provocation” in Bucha.

QUOTES * “What is more opposite to music? The silence of ruined cities and killed people,” Zelenskiy said in his Grammy video appearance.

* “I recognised him by his sneakers, his trousers. He looked mutilated, his body was cold,” said Tetyana Volodymyrivna, a resident of Bucha, describing her husband.

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Compiled by Michael Perry and John Stonestreet; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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