Poland ready to assist in Bucha massacre investigation

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Poland is prepared to send representatives to Ukraine to help investigate apparent war crimes committed against civilians by Russian troops in the Ukrainian town of Bucha close to Kyiv, a deputy foreign minister has said.

Pawel Jablonski referred to an initiative of the Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, who on Monday called for the establishment of an international body to investigate what he called Russian genocide in Ukraine.

"The physical presence of international prosecution, investigative and medical teams, and forensics technicians is crucial at crime scenes," he said.

He added that the evidence has to be gathered as quickly as possible because if it is destroyed the identification and punishment of the perpetrators will be difficult.

"We are ready to send our representatives there later this week," he said.

On Sunday, Ukrainian media published images of bodies, some with bound hands and exhibiting close-range gunshot wounds, strewn across the streets of Bucha following the town's liberation by Ukrainian forces. There are also reports of mass graves.