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Putin Denies Russian Military Committed War Crimes in Mariupol and Bucha

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Russian President Putin testing a new sniper rifle. Image Credit: Russian State Media.

Putin Denies War Crimes in Mariupol and Bucha Massacre in Meeting with UN Secretary-General – During a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Moscow on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that Russian troops were responsible for the massacre of Ukrainian civilians in Bucha. 

President Putin, who expressed a desire to reach a peace agreement with Ukraine, insisted that footage of dead Ukrainian civilians lining the streets and others dumped in mass graves was manufactured by hostile nations to make Russia look bad.

“There was a provocation in the village of Bucha, which the Russian army had nothing to do with,” Putin told Guterres

“We know who prepared this provocation, by what means, and what kind of people worked on it.”

Putin Also Shifts Blame on Cause of Conflict

Putin also shifted blame to the West over his decision to launch the so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine, arguing that it would not have taken place without the “anti-state coup” that overturned the election of a pro-Kremlin Ukrainian president in 2014. 

Nonetheless, Putin said that he was “aware” of the United Nations’ concerns about the military offensive in Ukraine and that he would be willing to discuss it. 

Putin agreed in principle during the meeting to allow the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to assist in the evacuation of civilians trapped in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol. The promise, however, may be hard for some to believe given the Russian military’s repeated sabotage of humanitarian corridors in Ukraine. 

Ukraine Says Putin Ordered Bucha War Crimes

Speaking to Euronews last week, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General said that investigators are determined to hold Russian officials to account for the war crimes that are believed to have been committed in the Ukrainian town of Bucha. 

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Mass graves were discovered in the Kyiv suburb as Russian troops left the region, and video footage showed Ukrainian civilians deceased and bound by their arms, lying in the town’s streets. 

“We see facts of torture, when we open the mass graves, with civilians. They were shot, their arms tied in the back of their bodies,” Iryna Venediktova told Euro News.

“We have facts of sexual crimes against civilians, not only against women and even against men, children, and old women.”

Venediktova also said that Ukrainian investigators are in possession of evidence that thousands of Ukrainians were forcibly deported to Russia from the region, including children.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.



  1. Illurion

    April 27, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Putin cannot seem to stop lying.

    And keeps boxing himself into a corner with every lie he tells.

    He is running out of time.

    I doubt that Putin will actually get a “funeral”.

    Usually to have a funeral, you have to have a “body”, and you have to have “mourners.”

    Putin keeps saying that he intends to use his nukes because the West has supported and protected the small country that Putin has attacked and declared war on, and invaded.

    Which means we will use our nukes against him in response.

    So Putin’s body, and the bodies of millions of russians for at least 50 miles around him, will be burned to dust in seconds.

    The result will be no body, no mourners, no city, no russia.

    Putin appears to know that he has gone “way” to far by starting the war in Ukraine, and seems to know that he hasn’t long to live.

    So it appears that he has decided to “take russia with him” when he dies.

    And yet he claims to “love” russia so much ?

    Obviously not.

  2. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 8:50 am

    The fact is that the British screenwriters made a bad production. They did not take into account the fact that the Bandera Nazis are stupid and will not be able to turn their idea into reality. And Russia has irrefutable evidence. It’s a failure, John, it’s a failure.

    If someone wants to know the truth about the civil war in the Donbass, about all the atrocities of the Bandera clean-ups and why Russia was forced to intervene, then it is better to watch films by independent journalists. There are already many such journalists who fight for truth and freedom. For example, a documentary by the German journalist Wilhelm Domcke-Schulz.

    A documentary film about the war crimes of the Bandera Nazis during the period of Russia’s special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine is in production. It will be a real information bomb, where the war crimes of Bandera Nazis will be shown and proved.

    The documentary “Remember Odessa” tells how the Bandera Nazis burned Ukrainians alive and other heinous war crimes.

    The documentary “To Live and Die in Donbass” tries to fill this gaping information gap in the West. He looks into the tormented soul of the inhabitants of Donbass, who really want only one thing – to live self-determining according to their own rules and values. Not submitting to foreign forces and ideologies.

    In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbass, a war has been raging since the beginning of 2014. A civil war that claimed more than 15,000 lives over the years, including several hundred children. They had to die, because the national-fascist coup government in Kyiv, funded by the West, trained and militarily heavily armed, would not tolerate any resistance to their illegitimate rule, no matter the cost.

    Therefore, in April 2014, the putschists deployed the Ukrainian army, supported by dozens of right-wing extremist volunteer battalions, and have since bombed city centers, residential areas, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, killing civilians.

    This perennial crime has gone completely unnoticed by the Western public. Politicians and the media avoid this topic and reports about how the devil pours holy water. Because a public discussion about the crimes of the Ukrainian regime would reveal only one thing – with what mass murderers and terrorists the so-called “west of values” in Ukraine has a common language, if only to defend their goals and interests.

    Lend-lease is a commodity loan, and not cheap: for all the ammunition, equipment and food supplied by the United States, many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay. Zelensky is driving the country into a debt hole.

  3. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    Ah, I see your tactic. You add a little shitty first paragraph so it doesn’t detect your duplicate post. Is this what it has come to now, you just posting the same exact post 2, 3, 4, 5 times per article?

    Wow, did they run out of paper in Russia, Alex? You guys can’t print new material? Literally using the same lines, over and over again, and now in duplicate in every post!

    Are you so defeated you can’t even come up with anything new? How sad. Now the idiot is talking about lend-lease at the end of his post, because he literally just copy + pasted it from another thread, with zero relevance to this one.

    Here’s a reminder:

    If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.

    Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.

    Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.

    Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.

    It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.

    A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.

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