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Taiwan calls for probe into alleged Russian war crimes in Bucha

ROC Central News Agency

04/05/2022 10:17 PM

Taipei, April 5 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday called for an investigation into alleged war crimes after claims retreating Russian troops summarily executed hundreds of civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

Ukrainian authorities on Sunday said they were investigating possible war crimes committed by Russian forces in Bucha -- a town about 24 kilometers northwest of Ukraine's capital Kyiv -- after they found at least 300 bodies of dead civilians in the previously seized area.

They also released footage and images of dead civilians scattered in the streets of Bucha.

International media reported that Bucha was seized by the Russian military in the early days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, until they withdrew from the town after failing to advance from it on the Ukrainian capital.

Asked to comment on the reported atrocities in Bucha, MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) said on Tuesday the ministry expressed "the strongest condemnation" of the act of "mercilessly massacring civilians."

The ministry joined calls from the international community for an immediate investigation into the matter, Ou said.

In the meantime, Taiwan will continue working with like-minded countries to assist the Ukrainian people amid the ongoing crisis, the spokeswoman added.

Ou said that the ministry had raised US$32.69 million in relief funds and collected 650 tons of regular and medical supplies intended to help Ukrainian refugees and people remaining in the country.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has said the images of civilians lying dead on the streets of Bucha in Ukraine were "horrifying."

"It's vital that all efforts are made to ensure that there are independent and effective investigations into what happened in Bucha to ensure truth, justice, and accountability," Bachelet said.

Russian authorities, on the other hand, have denied attacking civilians in Ukraine and accused their Ukrainian counterparts of falsifying the alleged evidence.

(By Matt Yu and Teng Pei-ju)

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