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Russia-Ukraine war updates: Biden outlines next phase of sanctions against Russia


Ukraine war: Bodies were removed from the streets of Ukraine’s Bucha after the civil killings.

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The recent discovery of bodies scattered on the streets of the Ukrainian town of Bucha after the withdrawal of Russian forces has sparked worldwide outrage.

In response, US President Joe Biden on Monday called for a war crimes trial and more sanctions against Russia. The EU has said it is ready to send a team of investigators to gather evidence of possible war crimes after the mass graves were discovered near the Ukrainian capital.

The Kremlin denies that Russian forces killed civilians and claims that the images of corpses in Bucha are “false” produced by “Ukrainian radicals”.

Ten civilians were also killed while 46 were wounded in a Russian bombing raid on the Ukrainian town of Mykolaiv on Monday. In a shocking discovery, the Ukrainian authorities also found the bodies of five civilians handcuffed in a village west of Kiev, including that of the town’s mayor, her husband and son.

Here are the LIVE updates on the Russia-Ukraine war:

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Moscow warns against ‘symmetrical’ reaction to Western countries’ expulsion of Russian diplomats
Russia will respond proportionately to the expulsion of its diplomats from a number of Western countries, Russia’s former president and deputy head of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, said late Monday.

“Everyone knows the answer: it will be symmetrical and destructive to bilateral relations,” Medvedev said in a post on his Telegram channel.

“Who punished them? First, themselves.”

France said on Monday that it would expel 35 Russian diplomats over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and Germany that declared “significant numbers” of Russian diplomats undesirable.

US, Europe plan Russia sanctions as Ukraine warns of more civilian deaths
The United States and Europe on Tuesday planned new sanctions to punish Moscow for civilian killings in Ukraine, and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned that more deaths were likely to be uncovered in areas seized by Russian invaders.

Russian forces withdrew from villages north of the capital Kiev last week as it turned its attack on Ukraine’s south and east. Ukrainian troops recaptured towns devastated by nearly six weeks of war, including Bucha, where dead civilians stood in the streets.

Sharp images of a mass grave in Bucha and the bound bodies of people shot at close range sparked an international outcry on Monday. US President Joe Biden has called for a war crime trial against Russian President Vladimir Putin, with Washington, Germany and France promising new sanctions against Moscow.

Russia has denied any involvement in the killings and said it would provide “empirical evidence” to a United Nations Security Council meeting on Tuesday to prove that its forces were not involved.

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