Russia seeks UNSC talks on Bucha

By Oleen Ndori

Russia has called for the United Nations Security Council to meet and discuss the Ukrainian military’s provocation in Bucha.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova spoke on her Telegram channel saying the current UN Security Council President and Britain are refusing to give consent to the holding of a Security Council meeting on Bucha to discuss criminal provocations by the Ukrainian military and radicals in that city.

On Sunday, the Russian Defence Ministry dismissed Ukraine’s charges that its forces had allegedly killed civilians in the community of Bucha in the Kiev Region.

The ministry said Russian forces left Bucha on March 30 with faked evidence of alleged killings being presented four days later when Ukrainian security service (SBU) agents arrived in the area.

The Russian Defence Ministry also noted that on the 31st of March in a video address, Bucha Mayor Anatoly Fedoruk said there were no Russian soldiers in the community and did not mention any locals allegedly shot on the streets.

Moscow launched a special military operation in Ukraine late February, after Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk.

The German and French-brokered protocols were designed to regularise the status of those regions within the Ukrainian state.

Russia has now demanded that Ukraine should officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO bloc.

Meanwhile, speaking during his meeting with the United Nations top humanitarian envoy, Martin Griffiths, in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he believes the killings in the Ukrainian town of Bucha were staged for anti-Russian purposes.