Lithuania accuses Russia of genocide, terrorism in Ukraine

Lithuania accuses Russia of genocide, terrorism in Ukraine

Lithuania has called for the world to investigate Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Lithuania's parliament, the Seimas, unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday accusing Russia of genocide and terrorism in Ukraine.

The document said that Russia launched armed aggression against Ukraine on February 24 and amounts to genocide of the Ukrainian people.

The Russian Federation, whose military forces deliberately and systematically bomb civilian targets, is a state that supports and practices terrorism. The Seimas called for a special tribunal in the international community to investigate Russian troops' behavior in Ukraine. The vote on the resolution took place shortly after Elena Kondratyuk, the deputy speaker of Ukraine's parliament, addressed Lithuanian MPs.

Kiev, Western governments and human rights groups accuse Russian troops of committing war crimes in Bucha and other cities in Ukraine. Moscow has denied that its forces were killing civilians, and argued that Ukraine and the West are waging a disinformation campaign.

Ukraine has denied that Kiev has accused Kiev of shelling residential areas in Donbass and executing prisoners. Both countries have accused each other of genocide.

Her spokesman, Ravina Shamdasani, told reporters the same month that the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights had not documented crimes in Ukraine that could be considered genocide.

Russia attacked the neighboring state after Ukraine s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to take the two republics by force.