Ukraine, Briefly

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  • Calls for war-crime investigations and harsher sanctions on Russia grew Monday as Ukrainian and Western officials responded to discoveries of mass graves and streets littered with the bodies of dead civilians following the Russian retreat from suburbs around Kyiv, the Los Angeles Times reported. But, Russian officials denied civilians were killed in the town of Bucha, outside the capital, CBS News added. The Russian defense ministry claimed the gruesome scenes were faked by Ukrainian forces as a “provocation.”
  • Buses meant for the rescue of civilians from Mariupol were not able to reach the besieged southern Ukrainian city on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said, according to Reuters. She accused Russian forces of blocking the International Red Cross’s evacuation efforts and said 100 Turkish citizens were still trapped in Mariupol.
  • The British-based charity Save The Children warned that around 22 schools have been attacked in Ukraine per day since the war began in February, NBC News reported. According to the organization, the war has affected the education of around 5.5 million children who remain in the nation. More than two million children have fled.

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