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WASHINGTON, DC: In addition to genocide, Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has cost the country US$60 billion so far in destroyed buildings and infrastructure, according to the World Bank.

Commenting on the slaughter of civilians by Russian forces in Bucha, UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Mark Griffiths said: “Anybody who was guilty of that [the bodies found in Bucha] are people we don’t understand.

“I have said publicly, and my Secretary-General said it, we need to have public accountability for that, we need to know who did it. I saw the mass graves. What is so appalling about those mass graves is that if you are a relative of any of those 280 dead people – the bodies of whom have been moved to a mass grave by the local people to get them off the street – and now those bodies are subject to forensic examination, you’re still waiting for safe and respectful burial.

“God help us, that is not the world we want to live in.”

The UN humanitarian agency OCHA has added US$50 million to the US$158 million already provided for life-saving operations in Ukraine. It said Russia had attacked 136 health facilities and 22 schools a day since February 24.

UN Assistant Secretary General Amin Awad declared 15.7 million people are now in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection including five million refugees and 7.1 million internally displaced.

“This represents more than 25 per cent of the entire population,” he continued.

World Bank president David Malpas has announced US$3 billion in support of Ukraine’s essential government services from the US, UK, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland, Sweden and Japan.

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