The purported massacre blamed on Russian troops is as “fake” as past “chemical attacks” in Syria, the president has said
Volunteers load bodies of civilians killed in Bucha in the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine on April 12, 2022. © AP / Rodrigo Abd
Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed accusations that Russian troops are responsible for killing civilians in Kiev’s suburb of Bucha, labeling the case as fake. The president made the remarks during a joint press conference with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday.
“I’ve been talking to colleagues from Western countries, often, up until now. And when they say ‘Bucha’ to me, I ask them: ‘Have you ever been to Raqqa? Have you seen how this Syrian city was completely flattened by American aviation?’ Corpses have been laying there decomposing in ruins for months. And nobody cared about that,” Putin said, adding that mass-killings of civilians by the West in Afghanistan had been met with the same silence.
“There was no such silence when they staged provocations in Syria, when they imagined the use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. Then it turned out that it was a fake, the same fake is in Bucha.”