Boutcha: “A mountain of corpses, rivers of blood, a sea of ​​tears”

Ukrainian Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halych spoke after seeing the “mutilated human destinies” in Boutcha, Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Boutcha on Monday where dozens of corpses were discovered wearing civilian clothes, which he denounced as "war crimes" and "genocide". On Tuesday, for the first time since the invasion of his country by Russia, he will speak before the UN Security Council.

“You are here and you can see what happened. We know that thousands of people have been killed and tortured, have had their limbs torn, women have been raped and children killed,” he said in an improvised press briefing on Monday. The Ukrainian president had just walked in a street in the city center, where Russian personnel carriers and armored vehicles remained, in the middle of destroyed houses.

If he claims that 300 people, "only in Boutcha, were killed and tortured", Russia, for its part, denies any responsibility, and claims to have "documents" showing, according to it, the "true nature" of the events. intervened in Boutcha.

Yesterday Ukrainian Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halych spoke in his daily video message from Kyiv. While the international community discovers with horror the terrible images of Boutcha, it deplores a "mountain of corpses, rivers of blood, a sea of ​​tears".

“Today we see horrible images. Terrible images of everything the occupier left behind on Ukrainian soil. We see mass graves of people who have been shot in the back of the neck. We see towns and villages destroyed. We see mutilated human destinies. That's why we have to get to work and fight. »

He calls for overcoming “our vices and our sins” by “opposing virtues”. He calls on Ukrainians to be “generous and support those who need Christian charities”.

“If the enemy kills us, sow death, serve life, honor human life from conception to natural death. (..) Do good, and then evil will be defeated. »

MC (with AFP)

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