Bucha Mayor: Russian Troops 'Will Never Be Forgiven on This Earth'

The mayor of the Ukrainian city of Bucha said on Monday that Russian troops "will never be forgiven on this Earth" for crimes they allegedly committed in the city.

The comments by Bucha's Mayor Anatoly Fedoruk come as Ukraine has accused Russia of committing "genocide" in the city just outside of Kyiv after Ukrainian military forces regained control of the nation's capital.

"These cynical atrocities are what the Russian troops are all about," Fedoruk said during an interview with CNN's New Day. "We shall never forgive them. They will never be forgiven on this Earth or in Heaven."

Fedoruk also told CNN that Russian military forces "indiscriminately killed" dozens of civilians in the city.

"We get the impression that Russian occupiers got the green light from [Vladimir] Putin and the Russian defense minister to have a safari in Ukraine. And they weren't able to take Kyiv, so they vented their frustration on Bucha and the surrounding areas," Fedoruk said.

"We were all witnesses to the horrific events and the horrific crimes that the Russians committed here," Fedoruk continued. "And we will never forgive the Russian people. Not personally, not individually, but on the whole, we will not forgive the Russian people for the atrocities that happened here."

In a tweet on Saturday, the Ukraine Ministry of Defense shared a graphic video of what appeared to be Bucha and said that Russian troops allegedly executed civilians.

"Some with hands tied behind their backs, their bodies scattered in the streets of the city," the tweet said.

During an appearance on CBS News' Face the Nation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, "indeed, this is genocide."

"The elimination of the whole nation, of the people," Zelensky said.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko also accused Russia of committing "genocide" and claimed that Russian troops killed numerous civilians in the town of Bucha.

Newsweek has not been able to independently verify the claims made by Ukrainian officials and Reuters recently reported that Russia's defense ministry denied the allegations and said that they were "yet another provocation" by Ukraine.

Despite the denial from the Russian government, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that the images published by the Ukraine government are a "punch to the gut."

"Since the aggression, we've come out and said that we believe that Russian forces have committed war crimes and we've been working to document that, to provide the information that we have to the relevant institutions and organizations that will put all of this together, and there needs to be accountability for it," Blinken said during an interview with CNN on Sunday.

Several members of Congress also accused Russia of committing war crimes for the allegations made by Ukrainian officials.

Newsweek reached out to both the Russian and Ukrainian ministries of foreign affairs for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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The mayor of Bucha, Ukraine said on Monday that Russian military forces "will never be forgiven on this Earth" after accusing troops of committing "cynical atrocities" in the city outside of Kyiv. Above, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is seen in the town of Bucha, on April 4, 2022. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty