Ukrainian refugees are seen after crossing into Poland on March 13, 2022.
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- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he “cannot cry anymore” after witnessing the toll of the war with Russia.
- He added that he feels “hate against Russia, against Russian soldiers” for the purported war crimes in Ukraine.
- Videos of potential war crimes in Bucha emerged in the face of Russia’s propaganda campaign to discredit the evidence.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday described in an interview the toll that the war with Russia has taken on his people and himself.
“I don’t cry anymore. I cannot cry anymore,” Zelenskyy said. “The first days were really hard. My eyes were always wet. The dead children I saw. This is unbearable.”
Zelenskyy made the comments on Friday during an interview with BILD, which is owned by Axel Springer, Insider’s parent company.
“All of this doesn’t make one a better person. One doesn’t get used to all these victims,” Zelenskyy told BILD.
At least 50 people on Friday were killed after two Russian rockets hit a train station in eastern Ukraine that was crammed with people who were fleeing their homes, Ukrainian officials said.
The attack took place Friday morning in Kramatorsk, a town in Donetsk, an oblast that is also home to pro-Russian separatist forces. Donetsk is part of the Donbas region.
Also, videos showing potential Russian war crimes in Bucha, a town near Kyiv, have emerged in the face of Russia’s propaganda campaign to discredit any evidence.
Footage from Bucha began circulating in early April after Russian troops withdrew from the area. The footage appeared to show bodies lying in the streets and indiscriminate killings of civilians.
Bucha’s mayor said that hundreds of people had been buried in mass graves as the streets were “littered with corpses.”
Zelenskyy said he harbors a hatred for what the Russian soldiers have done, which he has called the “genocide” of his people and “the elimination of the whole nation.”
“I do feel hate against Russia, against Russian soldiers – I have no secrets here,” Zelenskyy said. “Yes, I feel it when I see these pictures before my eyes, when I see pictures of murdered children that have no more legs or arms. It is just terrible.”
He added: “Me, as a father, I think of my own children, and I imagine how this must be like. Me, as a father, I know how it is to raise a child, see it growing – and then, suddenly, you see the pictures of dead children. It makes you think of the parents who will never see their children grow up. No more celebrations with them. These parents were looted of their future. They lost everything.”
The United Nations General Assembly voted last week to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council over its atrocities in Ukraine. Shortly after, Russia announced it was quitting the council.
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