Romania expels 10 diplomats with suspected spy-agency links amid global outrage after Bucha killings

Protest performance fata de atrocitatile comise de soldatii rusi in Ucraina cu titlul "Never forget, never again" in fata Ambasadei Rusiei in Bucuresti, 5 aprilie 2022. Inquam Photos / Octav Ganea

Romania on Tuesday expelled 10 Russian diplomats as Europe reacted with outrage over the killings in  the Kyiv suburbs where streets, buildings and yards were littered with the bodies of civilians. Many of them had been clearly killed at close range.

Russia’s Ambassador Valery Kuzmin was summoned to the Romanian foreign ministry to be given the news and the names of diplomats that are being kicked out.

European Union members have expelled more than 120 Russian diplomats since Monday. Germany ordered out 40 Russian diplomats, Italy declared 30 Russian officials personae non gratae. Spain said it planned to expel 25. Estonia and Latvia are kicking out 27.

Slovenia required Russia to reduce its embassy staff by 33. Denmark,  Sweden and European Union institutions also expelled dozens.

The war between Russia and Ukraine entered the 41st day Tuesday. U.S. President Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin should be tried for war crimes after the Bucha massacre which  have unleashed more sanctions.

The Bucha massacre was a series of apparent Russian war crimes in which 300 civilians were killed in areas controlled by the Russian Armed Forces after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Visual images of the massacre emerged on Friday after Russian forces withdrew from the city. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the United Nations on Tuesday to act and reform its system which gives Security Council permanent member Russia a veto, saying everything must be done to ensure the international body works effectively.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday Moscow would carefully „monitor” food exports to „hostile” nations as the West punishes his country with sanctions over its military action in Ukraine.

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