Reports of Atrocities Surface as Russia Retreats

There is nothing more haunting than seeing the image of civilian bodies piling up on the streets of Ukraine’s cities. Russians continue to attack the southern areas of Ukraine, but there are also opening up to peace talks. Officials and spectators are skeptical about ever reaching peace because they think that the meetings are made to delay a larger attack that is coming from the Russians.

As people of the European Union observed the mass killing of Ukrainians in their home country, it has left nothing but sadness and utter rage in their hearts. Russia is slowly retreating from Kyiv and other northern cities. Some European leaders demanded that there is a ban on Russian oil to punish them for their cruel actions against innocent people. On the other hand, banning Russian oil can be difficult because some nations heavily depend on it for their effectively cheap costs.

On Sunday, President Zelensky of Ukraine released a statement asking the mother of every Russian soldier to see the bodies of the dead in Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel. He questions what they have done to deserve all of this pain and suffering.

“What did the man who was riding his bicycle down the street do? Why were ordinary civilians in an ordinary peaceful city tortured to death? Why were women strangled after their earrings were ripped out of their ears? How could women be raped and killed in front of children? How could their corpses be desecrated even after death? Why did they crush the bodies of people with tanks? What did the Ukrainian city of Bucha do to your Russia? How did all this become possible?” pleaded Zelensky.

Meanwhile, Russians have been continuously shelling the city of Mykolaiv. Oleksandr Syenkevych, Mykolaiv’s mayor, shared a video of the air strike attacking a local hospital. Then, a missile strike struck a hole in the government building, killing at least 36 people. Residents were cut access to food, medicine, water, shelter, electricity, and communication. Ukraine’s human rights ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova said, “People are forced to live in broken houses, hide in basements.”

The European Union will send an investigator in Ukraine to document the war crimes. The United States and the U.N. will seek to suspend Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council. As the world closes off their connections with Russia, it will only be a matter of time until the war ends.


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