Apr 13, 2022 1:12 p.m
The alleged killing of residents in the city of Bucha by the Russian military resembles a western fabricated hoax about the use of chemical weapons by government forces in Syria. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied allegations that Russian troops were responsible for the killing of civilians in the Kiev suburb of Bucha. He called the case a fake. The head of state expressed his position on the matter at a joint press conference with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday. He said:
“I’ve talked a lot with many of my colleagues from Western countries. Until today. And when they start talking about Bucha, I ask them: ‘Have you ever been to Raqqa? Have you seen this Syrian city used by the US Air Force wiped out from the air to the ground?'”
For months the dead lay there in the ruins and decomposed. Nobody cared, nobody even noticed. Nobody remembers the hundreds of civilians killed in Afghanistan. Everyone was silent! When they provoked in Syria and staged the use of chemical weapons by the Assad government, there was no such silence. Then it turned out to be a fake. The same game happened in Bucha.”
Putin added that the country’s intelligence services have already received information from their Belarusian counterparts proving that the mass killing in Bucha, widely described as a massacre, was staged. However, Putin did not elaborate on these materials.
In early April, Bucha made the headlines shortly after the Russian military withdrew from the outskirts of Kiev. According to Kyiv, when Ukrainian troops moved into the town, numerous dead civilians were discovered in the city. Ukrainian authorities promptly blamed the alleged massacre on the Russian military, while Western leaders quickly sided with Ukraine and reinforced the Ukrainian perspective on the incident. The suburb then became a hotspot, visited by European politicians to show their solidarity with Ukraine and to condemn “Russian war crimes”.
Russian troops were deployed to Russia’s neighboring country at the end of February as part of a special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine and to protect the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and Russia’s national security interests. Kyiv has accused Moscow of an unprovoked offensive.
The EU, US and other countries have responded with unprecedented sanctions targeting Russian business and selected senior officials. A majority of the United Nations General Assembly condemned Russia’s special military operation.
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