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Russia to press for UN SC meeting on Bucha incident — legislator

Earlier, it was reported that Russia’s army had left Bucha back on March 30

MOSCOW, April 4. /TASS/. The refusal of the UN Security Council’s current president Britain to call a meeting of the UN Security Council at Russia’s request to discuss the events in Bucha is clear evidence that that community in Ukraine was a scene of a pre-planned provocation, the chairman of the State Duma’s international affairs committee, Leonid Slutsky, said on Monday.

"The collective West’s hysteria over media rumors about alleged events in Ukraine’s Bucha indicates it was an engineered provocation. Britain’s refusal in the capacity of the UN SC president to call a special meeting is the brightest confirmation of this… Russia will keep pressing for putting the investigation into all circumstances of the incident (and into whether it did take place at all) on the agenda of the United Nations and demanding a meeting of the Security Council. The Investigative Committee is analyzing the information already. We need the truth," Slutsky said on his Telegram channel.

He recalled that the Russian Defense Ministry earlier said that Russia’s army had left Bucha back on March 30 and that on March 31 Bucha’s Mayor Anatoly Fedoruk, while confirming the withdrawal of Russian forces, did not say a word about any shootings.

"The so-called evidence of mass death of local civilians emerged only after agents of the Ukrainian security service SBU entered the city. Isn’t this reminiscent of the White Helmets’ faked chemical attacks in Syria’s Douma and the Western countries subsequent refusal to probe into the real details of what happened?" Slutsky said.

On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Bucha saw a staged fake, which was now being spread in Ukraine and in the West via all channels and social networks. Lavrov said that Moscow regarded the situation in Bucha as a provocation threatening international peace and security and would demand that Britain, the current president of the UN Security Council, call a special meeting on the issue.

A number of politicians and representatives of international organizations, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called for an investigation. In the meantime, the leaders of a number of European countries, the European Commission and the EU External Action Service have already urged more sanctions against Russia.