Turkish FM Says Targeting Civilians in Ukraine Not Acceptable

Turkey on Wednesday reacted over images coming out from Bucha and Irpin cities of Ukraine, terming it “horrifying and regrettable for humanity”, decrying targets on civilians as “unacceptable”.

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu said that targeting “civilians is never acceptable,” reiterating Ankara’s commitment to work to end “such shameful scenes for humanity” aimed at ensuring peace in immediate time.    

“This is a tragedy, and we share the pain of the Ukrainian people,” Cavusoglu quoted by his office in a statement.

Cavusoglu called for a thorough investigation on the matter in order to bring those responsible behind these heinous crimes to justice and held accountable.

The international community strongly condemned Russian forces “genocide” and “war crimes” after dozens of bodies were discovered in Bucha, a town near the capital Kyiv.   

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy branded Russian forces as “murderers, torturers and rapists” who were committing “genocide” in Ukraine.

Zelenskyy said that the Russian forces had carried out “massacres” in the cities of Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel after invading Russian troops retreated from the areas.

However, Russia has rejected the allegations as a “fake news attack,” claiming that the gruesome scenes in Bucha were faked by Ukrainian forces as a “provocation.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the report and demanded “an urgent meeting of the Security Council on this particular issue because we see such provocations as a direct threat to international peace and security.”  

At least 1,480 civilians have been killed and 2,195 injured in Ukraine since Feb. 24, according to UN estimation, but the true figure is feared to be much higher.

Another 4.24 million Ukrainians took refuge in neighboring countries, while over 7.1 million others have been internally displaced, according to the UN refugee agency.

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