Russia Faces Major UN Discipline After Bucha Massacre
The actions of the Russian army in Ukraine will not soon be forgotten, by Ukraine or by the world at large.
This is particularly true after an egregious atrocity in Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, where over 400 local civilians were raped, tortured, bound, killed, dumped in a mass grave, immolated, or some combination therein. This led to an immediate call to action by the United States, with President Joe Biden suggesting that “an actual war crimes trial” must be commenced.
The massacre may also have serious repercussions for the Kremlin at the United Nations.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Monday that Russia must be suspended from the United Nations Human Rights Council over the discovery of bodies and mass graves found in Bucha, Ukraine.
“Given strong evidence of war crimes, including reports of mass graves and heinous butchery in Bucha, Russia cannot remain a member of the UN Human Rights Council,” she said on Twitter. “Russia must be suspended.”
Russia suggested, at first, that the Bucha massacre was a hoax being perpetrated by Ukraine and the western media.
Only after the intense global outcry against Russia did the Kremlin reach out to the United Nations to discuss “Ukrainian provocations” surrounding the event.