Steve Daines becomes first US senator to visit Ukraine and see mass graves in Bucha – Reuters News in France and abroad

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Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., Became the first U.S. senator to visit Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, visiting mass graves in the town of Bucha and bringing back “indisputable evidence of Putin’s war crimes” . He traveled with Rep. Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., who was herself born in Ukraine.

“During my meeting with leaders of NATO countries bordering Ukraine, I was invited to meet with Ukrainian officials in Kyiv and Bucha and see firsthand the butchery and war crimes committed by Putin Daines said in a statement. “There is overwhelming evidence of Putin’s war crimes everywhere – the images of shallow mass graves filled with civilians, women and children are heartbreaking. »

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Senator Steve Daines speaks with investigators in the Ukrainian town of Bucha. Image courtesy of the office of Senator Steve Daines.
(Image courtesy of Senator Steve Daines’ office.)

“America and the world must know about Putin’s atrocities against the innocent people of Ukraine now, not after time has passed and the aftermath of evil and bloodshed have been cleaned up,” Daines added. . “The sooner we can provide Ukraine with the deadly aid it needs to win this war, the sooner we will end war crimes. »

“President Zelenskyy has urged world leaders to come to Ukraine. I am proud to help show that America stands with the people of Ukraine in their fight for freedom,” the senator concluded.

Daines’ office released photos and videos of the senator’s visit to the war-torn towns of Bucha and Makariv. In Makariv, the senator found a wooden child’s toy in the rubble.

Steve Daines picks up a wooden child’s toy found near the Makariv mass graves. Image courtesy of the office of Senator Steve Daines.
(Image courtesy of Senator Steve Daines’ office.)

Hours after Daines’ trip, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the White House was not considering sending President Biden to Ukraine.

“No, we are not sending the president to Ukraine,” she said. Pod Save America.

Earlier this month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that his government had launched an investigation into alleged Russian atrocities in the capital Kyiv region, from which Russian forces had recently withdrawn.

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“We have just opened an investigation into everything the occupiers have done,” added the president. “Currently, there is information of more than three hundred people killed and tortured in Bucha alone. It is likely that the list of victims will be much longer when the whole city is checked. And it’s only one city. One of the many Ukrainian Communities which the Russian army managed to seize. »

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused kyiv of staging an “orchestrated anti-Russian provocation”.

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Associated Press reporters saw the bodies of at least 21 people at various locations around Bucha, northwest of the capital. A group of nine people, all in civilian clothes, were scattered around a site that locals said Russian troops were using as a base. They appeared to have been shot at close range. At least two of them had their hands tied behind their backs, one was shot in the head and another had his legs tied.

“You saw what happened in Bucha,” President Joe Biden said, describing Putin as both “brutal” and a “war criminal.” “What is happening in Bucha is outrageous and everyone sees it. »

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Steve Daines becomes first US senator to visit Ukraine and see mass graves in Bucha – Reuters News in France and abroad

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