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Polish PM calls for body to investigate Russian ‘genocide’ in Ukraine

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Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has called for the establishment of an international body to investigate what he called Russian genocide in Ukraine.

Morawiecki made the call in reaction to apparent Russian war crimes in the Ukrainian town of Bucha close to Kyiv.

Bodies of civilians, some with their hands tied, were found strewn across the streets of the town following its liberation by Ukrainian forces, and there are reports of mass graves.

“The genocide must be tried, must be properly described, documented and tried,” Morawiecki said at a press conference on Monday.

“This is why we’re suggesting the establishment of an international commission to investigate genocide in Ukrainian cities,” the prime minister said.

“We need such an international commission in order to find out the truth about the scale of Russian crimes, about the scale of Russian fascist crimes,” he continued.

Morawiecki said the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which started on February 24, was “pure evil”.

“When we look at these horrible crimes against women, children and whole families, our cry should be even louder,” Morawiecki said.

Some of the victims in Bucha had their hands tied behind their backs and were shot in the head.

Morawiecki said they were killed “in a way that we know from past times, from various events in the history of Russia.”

“The bloody massacres committed by Russian soldiers deserve to be called by their name: It is genocide, the crime must be tried as genocide,” the prime minister said.


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