Zelenskyy at the UN accuses Russian military of war crimes

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told the U.N. Security Council that the Russian military must be brought to justice immediately for war crimes. The Ukrainian leader made his plea via video Tuesday as grisly evidence continued to emerge of civilian massacres carried out by Russian forces on the outskirts of Kyiv.

The images, particularly from the town of Bucha, have stirred global revulsion and led to demands for tougher sanctions and war crime prosecutions against Russia.

The Russian ambassador says the alleged atrocities are staged events.

Six charred bodies piled together were being investigated on Tuesday in Bucha, the town where graphic evidence of killings and torture has emerged following the withdrawal of Russian forces. It was not clear who the people were or under what circumstances they were killed.

One of the bodies was smaller than the others, likely a child, said Andrii Nebytov, head of police in the Kyiv region. One of the bodies had a gunshot wound to the head.

“It’s horrible,” said Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky at the scene, as authorities began to investigate. The minister said Russian President Vladimir Putin should “go to hell.”