Truth of civilian deaths in Bucha must be verified: China
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Reports of civilian deaths in Bucha were “deeply disturbing,” but the truth of the incident must be “verified and established,” China said on Wednesday.

A bus blocks a street in Chernobyl, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (Photo: AP)

Media reports state that at least 280 people, including children, were found dead in Bucha, a town outside Kiev. The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday refuted Kiev's accusation of the killing of civilians in the settlement of Bucha.

"Humanitarian issues should not be politicized and any accusations should be based on facts,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a press briefing in Beijing. “All parties should exercise restraint and avoid unfounded accusations before the full picture is clear.”

He said: “Reports and images of civilian deaths in Bucha are deeply disturbing and the truth of the incident must be verified and established.”

(Compiled by Meng Gaohan; video edited by Teng Jiade)