London did not agree to convene a UN Security Council on Bucha. Moscow intends to repeat its demand – Power – News of St. Petersburg

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Britain, which holds the presidency of the UN Security Council, has not agreed to hold a meeting on April 4 on the situation in Bucha. This was announced in her telegram channel by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova.

She added that Russia intends today to demand the convening of the UN Security Council again “in connection with the criminal provocations of the Ukrainian military and radicals in this city.”

Earlier, Ukraine made a similar request to convene the UN Security Council. In his video address, published the day before, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the accusations against Russia will be considered at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, April 5.

The date and time of the meeting are still unknown. Currently, the schedule of meetings on the UN website is given without changes.

The city of Bucha is located 10 km from Kiev. Two kilometers from it – Gostomel airfield. The settlement was under the control of the Russian armed forces until the end of March. Earlier, footage from Bucha appeared in Ukrainian and Western media, as well as on social networks, depicting numerous corpses of civilians. Ukrainian authorities have accused Russian troops of massacres. A few hours later, British Foreign Secretary Liz Trass said that London had begun working with the UN International Criminal Court to gather evidence of war crimes. European Council President Charles Michel said he was shocked by the published footage and would also seek an investigation into war crimes in Ukraine.

A little later, the Russian Defense Ministry denied this information. The agency said the photos and videos were “provocative.” “We categorically reject any accusations,” Russian President Dmitry Peskov’s spokesman said on Monday.

The European Union “strongly condemns the atrocities reportedly committed by the Russian military in a number of … cities,” the Council of Europe said in a statement on Monday. “Those guilty of war crimes and other serious violations, as well as those responsible for them by government officials and military chiefs, will be brought to justice,” the statement said.

European politicians have called for new sanctions against Russia over the situation in Bucha. In particular, French President Emmanuel Macron said that Paris allows restrictions on supplies of Russian oil and coal and intends to discuss this with EU member states.

The Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki called for an end to the issuance of Schengen visas to Russian citizens, except for humanitarian visas and cases when a person wants to leave the country. The politician also suggested imposing sanctions on all members of the United Russia party. According to data for 2021, it consists of about 2.3 million people.

Japan also allowed the imposition of new sanctions. The Prime Minister of this country, Fumio Kisida, sharply condemned Moscow. And did not rule out imposing new restrictions. However, the politician explained that Tokyo will act on the basis of “the general situation in cooperation with the world community.”

The tightening of sanctions along with the increase in humanitarian aid was announced by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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