Volodymyr Zelensky claims audio recordings are evidence of war crimes. Latest news live

April 9

Ukraine’s security service has intercepted communications of Russian troops that provide evidence of war crimes, President Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed.

In an excerpt of an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes that aired on Friday, Mr Zelensky alleged the recordings contained damning evidence and featured soldiers admitting to killing civilians. 

“There are soldiers talking with their parents about what they stole and who they abducted,” Mr Zelensky said in a translation provided by CBS.  

“There are recordings of prisoners of war who admitted killing people. There are pilots in prison who had maps with civilian targets to bomb.

“There are also investigations being conducted based on the remains of the dead.”

The president said “everyone who made a decision, who issued an order, who fulfilled an order” was guilty of a war crime.

When asked whether he held Russian President Vladimir Putin responsible, he said: “I do believe that he’s one of them.”

Photos show war destruction in Ukraine

A destroyed car stands by the heavily damaged house, on April 8, 2022 in Andriivka, Ukraine
A destroyed car stands by the heavily damaged house, on April 8, 2022 in Andriivka, Ukraine CREDIT: GETTY
A Ukrainian serviceman stands amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine
A Ukrainian serviceman stands amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine CREDIT: AP
A destroyed house, on April 8, 2022 in Andriivka, Ukraine
A destroyed house, on April 8, 2022 in Andriivka, Ukraine CREDIT: GETTY

Zelensky demands tough global response after missile attack 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he expects a tough global response after a Tochka-U ballistic missile struck a railway station in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 50 people.

Five children have been reported to be among the dead after the missile hit the station in Kramatorsk, in one of the single deadliest attacks on civilians since Russia’s invasion began. 

Mr Zelensky told Ukrainians in his nightly video address on Friday that efforts would be taken “to establish every minute of who did what, who gave what orders, where the missile came from, who transported it, who gave the command and how this strike was agreed to”.

British Defence Minister Ben Wallace denounced the attack as a war crime and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called it “completely unacceptable”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, UkraineCREDIT: UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE
  • At least 50 people, including five children, were reported to have died in a Russian strike on a railway station in eastern Ukraine on Friday
  • Hospitals in Kramatorsk are overwhelmedfollowing the Russian strike on the railway station
  • Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain will send Mastiff armoured vehicles to help Ukraine’s fight against Russia
  • Ukrainian refugee families are being “split” by the Home Office which is approving parents and children separately, preventing them from travelling to their UK hosts’ homes
  • European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen pledged on Friday to offer Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a speedier start to Ukraine’s bid to become a member of the European Union
  • The EU has blacklisted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two adult daughters and more than 200 other people as part of its latest sanctions package over Moscow’s war in Ukraine
  • Russia said on Friday it was shutting down the local offices of more than a dozen international organisations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peac
  • Kyiv regional police chief Andriy Niebitov said there were 40 bodies in the Bucha mass grave being inspected for war crimes, including two members of Ukraine’s military forces


  1. The General who ordered this atrocity is a monster named Dvornikov, who must be captured and tortured to death.
    Putler must hang; along with his entire murder gang. RuSSia must be denazified.
    Trolls who have been glorifying mass murder on western comment pages must be captured and put in homes for the criminally insane.

    • Hey Sir Scradge did you know you can choose from the library of pics and place one in the Featured Image block when you post? Then you wouldn’t have the Telegraph or what ever logo all the time. It would be more interesting I think.
      Or you can save one from the article and use it as a Featured Image too.

      • I put the Telegraph logo in there purely to show the origin of the article. Hopefully, so that its publishers would not feel that their articles have been exploited. The Telegraph is a subscriber only site . I subscribe because in my opinion it is a reliable and truthful publication. I hope they would not mind me showing their product on this site.

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