Kyiv: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said talks between Ukraine and Russia would continue despite evidence of “atrocities committed by the Russian military”, Ukrainform news agency reported.
“In any case, we have to find even smaller opportunities for the negotiation process,” Zelensky said in an interview with Turkey’s Habturk television channel on Wednesday. Without it, I think it is difficult to end the war.”
He stressed the importance of mediation missions of other countries, including Turkey, in the talks, Xinhua news agency reported.
At least 280 people, including children, were found dead in Buka, about 28 km northwest of Kyiv, after Ukrainian forces took back control of the city from Russian forces.
Zelensky had previously called the killings of civilians in Buka a “war crime”.
The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday denied Kyiv’s allegations of the alleged killing of civilians in the settlement of Bucha in Ukraine’s Kyiv region.
In a statement, the ministry said, “All photographs and video material published by the Kyiv regime, allegedly evidence of some sort of ‘crime’ committed by Russian military personnel in the city of Buka, Kyiv region, constitutes further provocation. “
It said that while the settlement was under Russian military control, not a single local resident suffered any violent action, adding that “all Russian units withdrew from Buka on 30 March.”