War in Ukraine: Archbishop of Canterbury denounces 'lewd murders of God's precious children'

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has condemned the killings of civilians in the Ukrainian town of Boutcha. He calls for an end to the confit. 

“With war comes the loss of our humanity – and that is laid bare for the world to see in Boutcha,” the Archbishop of Canterbury wrote in a Tweet posted on Sunday April 3.

“May those who are waging this aggressive war against the Ukrainian people find their humanity and stop these lewd murders of God's precious children,” continued Justin Welby.

The Archbishop of Canterbury refers in his Tweet to images of hundreds of civilians murdered in the town of Boutcha, located near kyiv, which have recently sparked international outrage.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply shocked" by the images. “It is essential that an independent investigation leads to effective accountability,” he added.

Antony Blinken, the American Secretary of State declared to him on Sunday that the sight of these civilian bodies scattered in the streets of Boutcha was "a punch in the guts".

According to Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Germany will work out new sanctions with its allies against Russia for "war crimes" committed by Russian troops in this city.

"The killing of civilians is a war crime, and we must relentlessly investigate these crimes committed by the Russian armed forces," he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky estimated on Monday while visiting the city, recently retaken from Russian forces, that "war crimes" which will be "recognized as genocide" have been committed there.

Camille Westphal Perrier (with AFP)

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