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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his people were being subjected to "genocide" because they refused to submit to Russia, describing in an interview with CBS the Russian invasion of his country as "the abuse of an entire nation.

 Asked if the Russian military operation amounted to genocide, he replied: "It really is genocide. It is the elimination of the entire nation, the whole people.

 For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday that he "supports" the European Union imposing new sanctions on Moscow, which may include oil and coal, after hundreds of bodies of civilians were found near Kyiv, especially in the Bucha region.

"We will coordinate with our European partners, especially Germany, in the coming 
days," Macron said on France Inter radio.

 Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also spoke of a possible "genocide" in Ukraine. "We will do everything in our power to ensure that those who commit these war crimes do not go unpunished," Sanchez said during an economic forum.

 For its part, the Kremlin reiterated this morning its denial that Russian forces were responsible for the deaths of civilians near Kyiv.

In response to accusations that Russia committed a massacre in Bucha, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said: Recently another fake attack was carried out in the city of Bucha in the Kyiv region after Russian soldiers left the area in line with the plans and agreements reached. There was a fake attack there after that. In a few days, it was published on all channels and on social media.

 The Russian armed forces completely withdrew from this city (Bucha) on March 30. On March 31, the Mayor of Bucha officially said that he has everything under control. And two days later, we saw theatrical productions in the streets, which They are now trying to use it for anti-Russian purposes."

3 thousand Ukraine war scandal

The United Nations Human Rights Office said that the number of civilian casualties has reached 3,455 since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, including about 1,400 dead.

 These figures are conservative estimates, as the United Nations considers that the real numbers may be much higher.

 The BBC's team of correspondents deployed on the ground in Ukraine documented, over the weekend, the extent of the devastation left by the Russian forces withdrawing from the areas near the capital, Kyiv.

On Friday, Jeremy Bowen counted about 13 bodies on a street between the villages of "Maria" and "Maila", to the west of the capital, while on Sunday he confirmed that at least 20 bodies had been found in the city of Bucha.

 An open grave was found in a village near the Ukrainian capital, where four bodies were found, three of which are believed to be members of the same family, including Olga Sohnenko.

 Zelensky gave a recorded speech at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

"Our musicians wear flak jackets instead of suits," he told the stars, who included Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, referring to the ongoing war with Russia.

They sing for the wounded in hospitals, even for those people who can't hear them. But the music will reach them," he said.

Mass condemnations for the photos of the dead in Bucha

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described the killings as "a brutality against civilians not seen in Europe for decades.

It is horrible and unacceptable to target and kill civilians. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said "indiscriminate attacks" against Ukrainian civilians in towns such as Bucha and Erbin should be investigated as war crimes.

"We will not allow Russia to cover up its involvement in these atrocities through egregious disinformation, and we will ensure that the truth of Russia's actions is revealed," she added. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken described the images from Bucha as "a punch in the stomach.

This is the reality of what is happening every day, as long as Russia's brutality against Ukraine continues, he said in a statement.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted: "I am appalled by reports of unspeakable atrocities in the regions from which Russia is withdrawing.

 She called for an urgent and independent investigation and said, "The perpetrators of war crimes will be held accountable.

 Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Russia aimed to "exterminate as many Ukrainians as it could. He called on the G7 countries to impose more sanctions on Russian oil, gas and coal plants, the export of goods and the financial sector.