War in Ukraine live updates: The U.S. calls for Russia's suspension from the U.N. Human Rights Council

Published April 4, 2022 at 8:29 AM EDT
The grim-faced Ukrainian president walks with members of the military through a rubble-strewn area.
Ronaldo Schemidt
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, at center without a helmet, walks in the town of Bucha, just northwest of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Monday. Images from Bucha have shown dead bodies on the streets after Russian troops withdrew.

Russian troops are mostly gone, leaving scenes of devastation: flattened apartment buildings, mass graves and bodies lying in the streets. Ukraine has launched an investigation, but some witnesses are reportedly so traumatized that they are physically unable to speak.

Here's what else we're following today:

A call for Russia's suspension from the Human Rights Council: The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. says Russia's participation is a "farce."

International reaction: Many world leaders are using the word "genocide" to describe Russia's actions in Ukraine, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the U.S. is investigating possible war crimes.

Russia denies reports of civilian casualties: The Kremlin is calling allegations of atrocities carried out by Russian forces around the Ukrainian capital Kyiv a “provocation” by the West.