US Ambassador Tells UN Security Council Imagery Confirms Mass Graves in Ukraine

Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations told the Security Council on May 5 that imagery confirmed the presence of mass graves in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, accusing Russia of lying to the international community about the war in the country.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield called for “unhindered” humanitarian access throughout Ukraine, including the city of Mariupol, where she said hundreds of civilians remained at the Azovstal steel plant, along with surviving defensive forces.

“Convoys and evacuations take days and weeks, or months of intense negotiation,” said Thomas-Greenfield. “They cannot be the norm. The only norm we should accept is Ukraine returning to its normal life, without Russian forces illegally in its territory, terrorizing and killing civilians, including so many innocent children.”

Thomas-Greenfield said that Russia had committed war crimes since it invaded Ukraine on February 24. She said that in Bucha, the Kyiv suburb that has become synonymous with Russia’s brutal but short-lived control of the area, imagery proved the “presence of mass graves.”

“This is not just an unverified accusation on social media. It is a horrifying fact; one the world must now reckon with,” she told diplomats. “Russia alone started this war and Russia alone can end it. Silence the guns, withdraw from Ukrainian territory, and embrace diplomacy.” Credit: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield via Storyful

Video transcript

- We have imagery that confirms the presence of mass graves in Bucha. And this is not just an unverified accusation on social media. It is a horrifying fact, one the world must now reckon with. Russia alone started this war, and Russia alone can end it. Silence the guns, withdraw from Ukrainian territory, and embrace diplomacy.

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