Moscow / Kyiv – European countries have become more aggressive against Russia over the issue of the massacre near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. In the last 24 hours, six European countries, including Germany and France, have expelled more than 100 diplomats. At the same time, the French Minister informed that the European Union would announce tougher sanctions against Russia on Wednesday. The European Union (EU) will get a symmetrical response to its diplomatic action from Russia, has warned Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s Vice-President of the Security Council.
Ukraine has accused Russian troops of carrying out massacres before withdrawing from the Bucha area near the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Some photographs of the massacre, as well as satellite images, have been released. This has caused a stir at the international level, and the US and European countries have taken an aggressive stance. US President Joe Biden has again accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being a war criminal. European countries have also stepped up on moves to increase the pressure on Russia, saying the incident in Bucha was alarming.
In the last 24 hours, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, and Lithuania have expelled Russian diplomats. Germany has expelled as many as 40, and France has expelled 30 officials. Lithuania has instructed the Russian ambassador to withdraw and has announced that it is reducing diplomatic ties. Other European countries have also indicated the expulsion of Russian officials in the next 24 hours. There has been a strong reaction from Russia against this action of the European countries. Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s Vice-President of the Security Council, has warned that ‘Everyone knows the answer: it will be symmetrical and destructive for bilateral relations.’
Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, has taunted Western leaders to test their conscience for accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the British Defence Ministry claimed that the Ukrainian army had taken control of parts of northern Ukraine after Russian forces withdrew from some areas near Kyiv. At the same time, it has surfaced that strong conflicts have erupted between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Russia has increased the intensity of the attacks on two key ports, Mariupol and Odessa. The Russian army has gained access to most parts of Mariupol, the local sources have informed.