'An obvious genocide': Volodymyr Zelensky accuses Russia over bombing Donbas region
- The offence in Donbas by Moscow could end up leaving the region "uninhabited"
- In late February, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine
- Earlier, the Ukrainian soldiers allegedly bombed a Russian base with a newly-delivered NATO howitzer
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday accused Russia of carrying out "an obvious policy of genocide" in his country's eastern Donbas region. The offence in Donbas by Moscow could end up leaving the region "uninhabited," he said, accusing the Russians of wanting to reduce its cities to ashes.
"All this, including the deportation of our people and the mass killings of civilians, is an obvious policy of genocide pursued by Russia," he said in his daily televised address.
In April, Ukraine's parliament backed a resolution recognising the actions of the Russian military in the country as "genocide".
US President Joe Biden used the same expression, saying Putin appeared intent on "trying to wipe out the idea of even being able to be a Ukrainian".
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed the claim.
Earlier, the Ukrainian soldiers allegedly bombed a Russian base with a newly-delivered NATO howitzer from a distance of over 12 miles away.
In a statement, the Ukrainian Ground Forces claimed that it fired from a NATO-supplied howitzer from a distance of over 20 kilometres (12.4 miles).
The brigade said it hit the base of the Russian command staff and destroyed a military SUV marked "Z," killing several enemy soldiers in the process.
According to Ukrainian military officials, soldiers of the Transcarpathian 128th Brigade reportedly hit the Russian command post with one shot from 12 miles away in May 2022.