Putin = War Criminal
- Apr 18, 2013
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Ukraine's Zelenskiy Says 'No Other Choice' Than To Talk To Russia, As Bucha Anger Rises
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says there is "no other choice" than to negotiate an end to the war with Russia, even if it's difficult to do amid signs that Russian forces may have committed atrocities against civilians.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiyy speaks to reporters after seeing the carnage in Bucha firsthand on April 4.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiyy says there is "no other choice" than to negotiate an end to the war with Russia, even if it's difficult to do amid signs that Russian forces may have committed atrocities against civilians that have sparked widespread condemnation and calls for war crimes investigations. Speaking in an interview with Ukrainian journalists that was broadcast on state television on April 5, Zelenskiyy called the events in Bucha "unforgiveable," and that "all of us, including myself, will perceive even the possibility of negotiations as a challenge." "The challenge is internal, first of all, one's own human challenge. Then, when you pull yourself together, and you have to do it, I think that we have no other choice," he added. The interview comes a day after Zelenskiy made an emotional trip to Bucha outside the capital, where Ukrainian officials say the bodies of civilians have been found, many of them shot in yards, streets, and homes. Zelenskiyy is due on April 5 to speak to the UN Security Council, where he is expected to demand tough new sanctions on Russia over the killings in the town of Bucha he has called "war crimes" and "genocide."
Horrific images of corpses left in the open, some with their hands bound behind them, have drawn international condemnation of Russia. Bucha Mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk said the killings -- which he estimated at around 300 civilians -- were "revenge for the Ukrainian resistance." NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the pictures of mass graves and streets littered with the corpses of civilians revealed an "unbearable brutality Europe has not witnessed in many decades" and that he feared "more atrocities" are still to be discovered in Ukraine. Russian and Ukrainian delegations continue intensive peace talks despite the furor over the allegations. Negotiators from Ukraine and Russia are expected to continue talks via video link on solving the crisis on April 5. Zelenskiyy has said that Ukraine offered to become an officially neutral state that would have security guarantees from other countries. In the April 5 interview, he noted that Ukraine did not yet have a hard list of countries ready to provide the security guarantee, though talks continue.
I'm not sure how one negotiates with war criminals.... the butchers of civilians. Self-restraint is a mandatory asset.