Ukraine civilians had tongues cut out by Russian troops, Volodymyr Zelensky tells UN

Russian soldiers “cut out the tongues of civilians” and murdered mums who had been raped in front of their children, Ukraine’s president told the United Nations today.

Heroic president Volodymyr Zelensky went into graphic detail about alleged atrocities committed by the military of Russia in recently liberated towns and cities in Ukraine.

Zelensky told the Security Council Russian troops had slit the throats of non-combatants, raped and killed mothers in front of their children, and cut out tongues “because they didn’t hear what they wanted to.”

Mr Zelensky was referring to alleged war crimes committed in the town of Bucha – just northwest of Kyiv – which was recently abandoned by Russian forces after Vladimir Putin ordered the military to refocus their brutal efforts in the Donbass region.

The Ukrainian leader went on to say the atrocities were “just for their pleasure” and that soldiers “cut off limbs” and “slashed their [civillian’s] throats”.

The president then compared Russia to ISIS during his address to the UN Security Council today, according to Mirror Online.

Mr Zelesnky, who visited Bucha yesterday, said there was “not a single crime that they (Russian forces) would not commit”.

Mr Zelensky said entire families had been slaughtered and troops tried to burn their bodies, and that people were shot in the street or thrown into wells.

He said: “This is no different from other terrorists such as Daesh who occupy some territories, and here it is done by a member of the United Nations Security Council.”

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He said: “They support hatred at the level of the state and seek to export it to other countries through their system of propaganda and political corruption.”

Though Bucha is the town that has become the focal point of the war crime allegations against Moscow, Mr Zelensky said it is “only one of many examples” of where Russian troops murdered, raped and mutilated innocents.

During the meeting, agreed by the UK, Mr Zelensky said: “Today, as a result of Russia’s actions in our country, in Ukraine the most terrible war crimes of all times, that we’ve seen since the end of World War Two, have been committed.

“Russian troops are deliberately destroying Ukrainian cities to ashes with artillery and air strikes, they are deliberately blocking cities, creating mass starvation.

“They deliberately shoot columns of civilians on the road trying to escape from the hostilities.

“They even deliberately blow up shelters where civilians hide from air strikes. They are deliberately creating conditions in the temporarily occupied territories so that as many civilians as possible are killed there.

“The massacre in our city of Bucha is unfortunately only one of many examples of what the occupiers have been doing on our land for the past 41 days, and there are many similar cities, similar places, where the world has yet to learn he full truth… dozens of other Ukrainians communities, each of them similar to Bucha.”

Mr Zelensky then called for the UN to be reformed to combat Russian aggression.

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As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia has a veto with which it is able to block attempts to censor the Kremlin.

“This undermines the whole architecture of global security, it allows them to go unpunished so they are destroying everything that they can,” he said.

Ukrainian president Mr Zelensky said: “Russia’s leadership feels like colonisers in ancient times, they need our wealth, our people – Russia has already deported hundreds of thousands of our citizens to their country, they abducted more than 2,000 children.”

He told the United Nations that Russia’s forces were engaged in “widescale looting” from food to gold earrings “pulled out and covered with blood”.

President Volodymyr Zelensky in the town of Bucha

Heartbreaking satellite images emerged today showing bodies lining the streets in Bucha while it was still under Russian control – disproving Kremlin lies about being responsible.

The images verify that corpses were lying in the open for weeks before Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, was liberated.

Russian forces are accused of a litany of war crimes including murder, torture and rape, with troops carrying out acts of “unspeakable, deliberate cruelty and violence”.

Vladimir Putin’s officials tried to claim that Ukraine had killed the innocent people in an act of “provocation” after troops withdrew – but the satellite images expose their callous lies.

Devastating details have emerged from summary executions of civilians – many of whom had their hands tied behind their backs – since Bucha was liberated.

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At least 410 were killed in and around Bucha, Ukraine said, with President Volodymyr Zelensky describing the slaughter as “genocide”.

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