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Russia ‘must answer for crimes’ in Ukraine, says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron condemned on Sunday the "unbearable" images of murdered civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha and said Russian authorities "must answer for these crimes".

Russia 'must answer for crimes' in Ukraine, says Macron
An elderly woman cries near her house in Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, on April 2, 2022, where town's mayor said 280 people had been buried in a mass grave and that the town is littered with corpses. - Ukraine has regained control of "the whole Kyiv region" after invading Russian forces retreated from some key towns near the Ukrainian capital, deputy defence minister said today. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP)

“On the streets, hundreds of civilians cowardly murdered,” Macron wrote on Twitter, in reference to the town outside Kyiv from which Russian forces recently withdrew.

Shocking images of dead civilians who line the streets of Bucha emerged on Saturday, which have been met with international condemnation from Western leaders.

This marked the same day Ukraine declared the town liberated from Russian military.

More than 300 residents of Bucha have been killed, mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk told Reuters on Saturday. A mass grave is still open in one churchyard with hands and feet visible through the ground, he claimed.

French foreign affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian condemned “in the strongest terms” the alleged “massive abuses”.

He said France will collaborate “to ensure these acts don’t go unpunished and that those responsible are being sent to trial and convicted,” reported Sky news.

Western powers overall are reportedly working with Ukrainian authorities and the International Criminal Court to bring those responsible for the civilian killings to justice.

Macron’s denouncement of Russia’s actions come after Poland’s deputy prime minister criticised France for being too close to Russia.

Member comments

  1. Russia is not under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court just like other countries that escaped facing justice such as America over the Iraq war.

  2. How convenient and now Macron wants more sanctions. It is not Russia but the Ukraine government that released criminals from prison and distributed firearms to the civil population.

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France ‘strongly condemns’ Russia’s expulsion of its diplomats

France "strongly condemns" the expulsion of 34 of its diplomats by Russia, the foreign ministry said Wednesday, a tit-for-tat move by Moscow after Paris ordered some Russian staff to leave.

France 'strongly condemns' Russia's expulsion of its diplomats

Saying the step had “no legitimate basis”, the ministry said in a statementthat “the work of the diplomats and staff at (France’s) embassy in Russia… takes place fully within the framework of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic and consular relations” — whereas Paris expelled the Russian staff in April on suspicion of being spies.

Moscow said Wednesday it was expelling 34 “employees of French diplomatic missions” in a tit-for-tat move following the
expulsion of Russian diplomats from France as part of joint European action over Russia’s campaign in Ukraine.

“Thirty four employees of French diplomatic missions in Russia have been declared persona non grata,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that they have two weeks to leave the country.

Moscow made the announcement after summoning France’s ambassador to Russia, Pierre Levy, and telling him that the expulsion of 41 employees of Russian diplomatic missions was a “provocative and unfounded decision”, the statement
said.

“It has been stressed that this step causes serious damage to Russian-French relations and constructive bilateral cooperation,” the foreign ministry said.

French President Emmanuel Macron initially led diplomatic outreach to the Kremlin over Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine but his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin have eventually tapered off and overt French military
support to Ukraine has increased in recent months.

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