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Putin blames Kiev for ‘crude, cynical provocations’ in Bucha

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on agriculture via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on April 5, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says Ukrainian authorities are behind “crude and cynical provocations” in the city of Bucha, which has made headlines following the emergence of images allegedly showing the bodies of dead civilians after the withdrawal of Russian troops.

Speaking to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Putin “gave (his) principled assessment of the Kiev regime's crude and cynical provocation in the city of Bucha,” the Kremlin said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian government now accuses Russia of war crimes.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense has denied responsibility, saying the bodies had been recently placed on the streets of Bucha after “all Russian units withdrew completely” from the city near the capital Kiev.

The West, which also accuses Moscow of war crimes in the city, has proposed a new array of sanctions against Russia.

Russia says its forces have not targeted civilians in Ukraine since the military operation began in the country on February 24. 

Asked about civilians found dead in Bucha, the Hungarian prime minister called for “an independent, fair investigation.”

“With all atrocities, we have to examine them, even though we live in an era of massive manipulation where we can't be sure if we can trust our own eyes,” he told a press conference, while calling for civilians to be protected “at all costs.”

“I suggested to President Putin that he declare an immediate ceasefire," Orban said. “His response was positive, but with conditions.”

In separate remarks, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said the Western media carried the blame for what happened in Bucha.

“Yes, I accuse Western media, first and foremost the American outlets, of not only spreading fakes and misinformation but also of complicity in this punitive action to kill civilians in Bucha,” she told reporters.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Tuesday that the West was seeking to sabotage peace talks between Russia and Ukraine by fueling "hysteria." He also warned that the peace process could collapse if such attempts continued.

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