Over the weekend, graphic footage recorded by soldiers and journalists in recently liberated Kyiv Oblast depicted the aftermath of apparent Russian war crimes.
In Bucha, soldiers stumbled upon a mass grave containing the bodies of more than 150 civilians following the Russian military’s decision to abandon the town.
A Maxar Technologies satellite took photographs of the Kyiv suburb during its month-long occupation. They show extensive digging at the mass grave site had begun on March 10.
The developments have led President Biden to call for a war crimes trial against Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
The US President did not, however, label the killings a “genocide” but said he was looking into additional sanctions against Russia.
Biden said the images coming from Bucha warranted calling Putin a “war criminal,” adding, “but we have to gather the information. We have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue the fight and we have to get all the details so this can be an actual — have a war crime trial.”
Biden’s assessment that the killings did not amount to a genocide puts him at odds with that of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who used the term during an interview with CBS on Sunday.
More shocking images from formerly occupied Russian territory spread like wildfire on social media over the weekend.