He said this in a video commentary to the media, published April 5 in the Telegram of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
“The question arises: what is the reason for this frank, false provocation, the veracity of which is simply impossible to justify? We tend to think that the reason lies in the desire to find a reason to disrupt the ongoing negotiations,” Lavrov noted. new conditions, and as soon as the Western media dispersed the “fake” about the city of Bucha, the Ukrainian negotiators tried to interrupt the negotiation process altogether.
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Ukraine categorically refuses to discuss denazification, demilitarization and the alleged “problem” of the Russian language.
At the same time, Lavrov said that the Russian Federation would not agree to withdraw its troops, so that later in Ukraine there would be referendum on non-aligned status country.
“There is a very high probability that when the ratification, this referendum will give a negative result, the negotiation process will have to be started anew,” the Russian minister argued.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, answering a question about negotiations with Russia after the atrocities of Russian troops in Bucha, did not rule out that “it may happen that there will be no meeting”.
At the same time, the head of the Ukrainian state did not specify what kind of meeting he had in mind – the delegations of the two countries (the last time they met on March 29 in Turkey) or his own with the head of the Kremlin Vladimir Putin, whose organization now being discussed.
After liberation of the Kiev region from Russian invaderswhich the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced on April 2, in the settlements of the region hundreds of dead civilians found, including those with tied hands. In particular, many who died at the hands of the invaders were found in Bucha, which the Russian military entered in the first days of the war, which began on February 24.
Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova said that from the territory of the Kiev region took out 410 bodies of killed civilians.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen declared an urgent need launch an independent investigation. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for admission to the region international organizations for documenting war crimes.
The actions of the occupying forces convicted in Germany, UK, France and other countries and associations of states. In particular, French President Emmanuel Macron urged limit the export of oil and coal from RF.
Taras Shapravsky, secretary of the Buchansk city council, said on March 31 that in Bucha during the occupation, about 250 people were killed by the Russians. He emphasized that the invaders in the city behaved in a barbaric way: they killed unarmed civilians, raped women, even girls aged 12-15, and also engaged in mass looting in Bucha.
After journalists gained access to the liberated territory, photographs spread around the world, which show that the bodies of those killed in Bucha, among other things, lie simply on the road. Russia denies the crimes of its military, but satellite images confirm that on one of the streets of Bucha – Yablonskaya – they began to appear long before the departure of the invaders.
4 April Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine published a list of Russian occupiers (dates of birth, their passport details and military ranks) who committed crimes against civilians in Bucha. According to intelligence data, military personnel of the 64th separate motorized rifle brigade of the 35th combined-arms army of the armed forces of the Russian Federation committed massacres and torture of civilians in the city. On April 5, the GUR reported that their returned to Ukraine to intimidate residents of settlements or to quickly “utilize” unnecessary witnesses.