Excerpt: Since Russian forces were pushed back from Kyiv at the end of March, the bodies of more than 1,000 civilians have been discovered in the Bucha region - many hastily buried in shallow graves. The BBC has learned that around 650 people were shot in what a senior police official has described as executions. Sarah Rainsford has been investigating what happened at a children's summer camp - now being treated as a crime scene. It is easy to miss the killing spot at first in the gloom. But in a cold, damp basement on the edge of the woods that made Bucha a popular get-away spot before the war, five Ukrainian men were forced to their knees and shot in the head. To the right of the entrance, there are stones coated in blood that has turned dark red. Lying among that is a blue woollen hat with an exit hole in one side and its rim soaked in blood. In the wall, I counted at least a dozen bullet holes.
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Some 4.8 million of Ukraine's 7.5 million children have been displaced since the start of the war, the UN says
The coming period is "crucial" for Ukraine, Western officials say. President Zelensky says Russia is concentrating tens of thousands of soldiers for its next offensive in eastern Ukraine
The US and Britain say they are looking into reports that chemical weapons have been used by Russian forces attacking Mariupol
Mariupol's deputy mayor Serhiy Orlov says Ukrainian forces are holding out against Russia in the besieged city
Austria's chancellor has become the first EU leader to meet Vladimir Putin since the start of the war
Karl Nehammer describes the talks at Putin’s residence outside Moscow as "direct, open and tough"
Indian PM Narendra Modi says he has repeatedly appealed to Putin and Zelensky to hold direct talks
Almost two-thirds of Ukrainian children have fled their homes: UN
Nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian children have fled their homes in the six weeks since Russia’s invasion, the UN's children's agency UNICEF said on Monday.
The UN has also verified the deaths of 142 youngsters, although they have warned the actual number is almost certainly much higher.
Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s emergency programs director who just returned from Ukraine, said having 4.8 million of Ukraine’s 7.5 million children displaced in such a short time is something he had not seen happen so quickly in 31 years of humanitarian work.
"Of the 3.2 million children estimated to have remained in their homes, nearly half may be at risk of not having enough food," Fontaine told the UN security council.
He warned the situation was probably worse in cities like Mariupol and Kherson, where there was no water and sanitation services and the supply of food and medicine had been disrupted.
Meanwhile Ukraine’s UN ambassador, Sergiy Kyslytsya, claimed Russia has taken more than 121,000 children out of Ukraine and reportedly drafted a bill to simplify and accelerate adoption procedures.
Fontaine said there was so far "no evidence" of such accusations, but that UNICEF would investigate the matter.
The discovery of bodies scattered along a street in a Ukrainian town left by Russian forces drew widespread condemnation in the West on day 39 of the invasion.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused Russia of "despicable attacks" on Ukrainian civilians in Bucha and another town, saying his country would not rest until justice was served for the victims.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken described the images of corpses in Bucha as a "punch to the gut" and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said an independent investigation was urgently needed.
Ukraine's president, Volodomyr Zelensky, accused Russia of committing genocide.
Russia's defence ministry countered by suggesting the scenes in Bucha had been faked by the Ukrainian government.
Fighting continued, with Russia launching missiles at the Black Sea port of Odesa and other targets in central and southern Ukraine, and reported Russian shelling of the city of Kharkiv.
Cases of human trafficking and exploitation also reported as more than 2.5 million refugees try to escape fighting
Children are going missing and cases of human trafficking are being reported by aid groups and volunteers along Ukraine’s borders amid the chaos of the refugee crisis triggered by the Russian invasion.
The Daily Wire sent correspondent Kassy Dillon to the Poland-Ukraine border to hear the stories of refugees and locals in the area. After securing passage into Ukraine on a bus that was smuggling supplies, Dillon heard from locals who have had their entire world turned upside down by war.
The strength and the heart of the Russian people have always inspired me. That is why I hope that you will let me tell you the truth about the war in Ukraine.
By Arnold Schwarzenegger
I have a message for my Russian friends, and for the Russian soldiers serving in Ukraine: There are things going on in the world that have been kept from you, terrible things that you should know about. But before I tell you about the harsh realities, let me tell you about the Russian who became my hero.
In his hospital bed, little Artem stares into space. He clutches a small yellow toy tractor but says nothing as specialist nurses monitor his condition. The Russian shell that blasted shrapnel into his belly also badly wounded his parents and grandparents as they tried to flee Mariupol. A victim of Putin's war and he's not yet three years old.
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