Live Updates | Ukraine: a region cut off from aid to reopen

The Ukrainian army says its forces have taken over some towns in the Chernihiv region and that humanitarian aid is on the way. The RBK Ukraina news agency said the road between Chernihiv and the capital of kyiv was to reopen to traffic later on Monday. Chernihiv is a town 80 miles north of kyiv and it has been cut off from shipments of food and other supplies for weeks. The mayor said on Sunday that relentless Russian shelling had destroyed 70% of the city.

In other areas recently recaptured from Russian troops, Ukrainian officials claim to have recovered hundreds of civilians killed in recent days. Ukraine’s prosecutor general said the bodies of 410 civilians were found in cities in the Kyiv region.

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Iryna Venediktova claims on Facebook that the bodies were found on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. She says 140 of them have been examined by prosecutors and other specialists.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said the mayor of the village of Motyzhyn in Kyiv region was assassinated while in Russian custody. Vereshchuk adds that there are 11 mayors and community leaders in Russian captivity across Ukraine.

In a video address on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced allegedly targeted killings of civilians in Russian-occupied cities, calling the killers “monsters who don’t know how else to do it.” He warns that more atrocities could come to light if Russian forces are forced out of other occupied areas.

International leaders have condemned reported attacks in cities across the Kyiv region after harrowing accounts of civilians and graphic images of bodies with their hands tied behind their backs.

The Russian Defense Ministry has dismissed allegations of atrocities against civilians in Bucha and other Kyiv suburbs.

__ BALAKLIYA, Ukraine – The governor of the Kharkiv region says Russian troops fired on a bus convoy trying to evacuate patients from a hospital that was heavily damaged in a shelling the day before. Governor Oleh Synyehubov said on Sunday that around 70 patients were to be evacuated from the damaged hospital in the town of Balakliya but buses were unable to enter the town. He said there was preliminary information that one of the bus drivers had been killed. Balakliya lies about 75 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of the city of Kharkiv, which has been hit hard by Russian attacks.

__ BERLIN — Germany’s defense minister says European officials should talk about cutting off gas supplies to Russia in light of alleged attacks on civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told German public broadcaster ARD on Sunday evening that “there must be a reaction. Such crimes must not go unanswered. So far, Germany and several other European governments have avoided an immediate boycott of Russian natural gas for fear of the impact it would have on their economies.

Europe gets 40% of its gas and 25% of its oil from Russia and since the war has been quick to draw up proposals to reduce its dependence. Russia is equally dependent on Europe, with oil and gas being its dominant sector and paying for government operations.

Estimates of the impact of a gas boycott or embargo in Europe vary, but most involve a substantial loss of economic output.

__ JERUSALEM __ Israeli Foreign Minister condemns reported atrocities in Ukraine, saying deliberate harm to civilians is a war crime.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid wrote on Twitter that one “cannot remain indifferent” after seeing images of the town of Bucha near the Ukrainian capital.

Israel has been walking a tightrope since Russia invaded Ukraine, simultaneously denouncing the invasion while avoiding taking too strident a stance for fear of angering Moscow, with whom it has security coordination in neighboring Syria. Israel has maintained good relations with both countries and has mediated between them since the February 24 invasion.

Lapid said intentionally harming a civilian population is a war crime and strongly condemned it.

___ MOTYZHYN, Ukraine – A resident says the mayor of the Ukrainian town of Motyzhyn was killed in an execution-style murder along with her husband and son.

Another resident of the town 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of kyiv told The Associated Press on Sunday that Russian troops were targeting local officials in a bid to win them over and would kill them if they did not cooperate. not. This man, Oleg, declined to give his full name for security reasons.

The mayor, Olga Sukhenko, and her family were shot and thrown into a pit in a forest behind a plot with three houses where Russian forces had slept. A fourth body has not yet been identified.

The mayor and his family had been reported by others as kidnapped by Russians on March 23 and taken in an unknown direction.

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