Russia-Ukraine war: 50 people were burned alive in Mariupol - mayor

Russian artillery hits Ukrainian storage facility • New footage of atrocities from Motyzhyn emerges • Pope Francis condemned 'the massacre of Bucha

A man, who says Russian soldiers broke his arm, stands outside his house, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Bucha, in Kyiv region, Ukraine, April 6, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS)
A man, who says Russian soldiers broke his arm, stands outside his house, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Bucha, in Kyiv region, Ukraine, April 6, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS)

Russian continues offensive on the ground

Russia's defense ministry said on Wednesday that a Ukrainian fuel storage base was destroyed by Russian missiles in the Kharkiv region, the RIA news agency quoted it as saying.

The Russian forces also destroyed some Ukrainian military equipment and foreign weapons at a railway station in the same region, RIA reported, citing the ministry.

The mayor of Mariupol said on Wednesday that 50 people were burned alive in the city during Russia's assault on it, and 5,000 were killed over the last month. 

A humanitarian aid center in Vuhledar, in the Donetsk region, ws shelled on Wednesday. The number of deaths stands at four, according to Pavlo Kyrylenko , the Head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration. 

Footage shows atrocities in Kyiv suburb

Footage of atrocities was released on April 4, this time from Motyzhyn, about 50 km. west of Kyiv. Motyzhyn was also occupied by Russian forces who have now retreated.

Footage released by Ukraine Military TV on April 4, 2022 shows devastated scene in the village of Motyzhyn, on the outskirt of Kyiv, Ukraine (credit: EYEPRESS via Reuters)

UK PM: Bucha killings not "far short of genocide"

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that the sight of tied bodies shot at close range in the Ukrainian streets of Bucha does not "look far short of genocide," 

The deaths in Bucha, outside Kyiv, have triggered a global outcry and pledges of further sanctions against Russia from the West.

Ukrainian officials say between 150 and 300 bodies might be in a mass grave by a church in Bucha, north of the capital Kyiv, where satellite images taken weeks ago show bodies of civilians on a street, a private US company said.

"When you look at what's happening in Bucha, the revelations that we are seeing from what (Russian President Vladimir) Putin has done in Ukraine, which doesn't look far short of genocide to me, it is no wonder that people are responding in the way that they are," he told reporters.

"And I have no doubt that the international community - Britain very much in the front rank - will be moving again in lockstep to impose more sanctions and more penalties on Vladimir Putin's regime."

British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said earlier on Wednesday that the world must act to stop the mass murder in Ukraine, comparing reports of civilian killings by Russian troops to a 1995 genocide in Bosnia.

Even Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned "the massacre of Bucha" and kissed a Ukrainian flag sent from the town where tied bodies shot at close range littered the streets after Russian troops withdrew and bodies poked out of a mass grave at a church.

The reports and images showing civilian deaths in the Ukrainian city of Bucha are "very disturbing," China's ambassador to the United Nations said on Tuesday, but added that the circumstances should be verified and any accusations should be based on facts.

 A satellite image shows the grave site with an approximately 45-foot (approximately 13,7 meters) long trench in the southwestern section of the area near the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints, in Bucha, Ukraine, March 31, 2022.  (credit: MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS) A satellite image shows the grave site with an approximately 45-foot (approximately 13,7 meters) long trench in the southwestern section of the area near the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints, in Bucha, Ukraine, March 31, 2022. (credit: MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

India on Tuesday condemned the killings of civilians in Ukraine's Bucha and called for an independent investigation, having earlier declined to explicitly criticize the invasion of Ukraine by its long-time partner Russia.

"Recent reports of civilian killings in Bucha are deeply disturbing," T.S. Tirumurti, India's permanent representative to the United Nations, told a meeting of the Security Council.

Attacks in Luhansk continue

Ten high-rise buildings are on fire in the eastern Ukrainian town of Sievierodonetsk after Russian forces shelled the town on Wednesday, the governor of the eastern Luhansk region said in an online post.

He said that there was no information yet on any casualties. Sievierodonetsk is the temporary headquarters of the regional authorities as Luhansk city has been controlled by Russia-backed separatists since 2014.

Casualties

Additionally, some 89 civilians have been killed and 398 injured in Kyiv since the start of Russia’s invasion, the Kyiv City Council announced on Wednesday.

“It has become safer in Kyiv, but the threat of airstrikes remains. The city asks those who left the capital to refrain from returning, for now,” the council said.