Russia-Ukraine live updates: Biden accuses Russia of genocide; West to release probe of Kremlin’s abuses

French forensic experts joined Ukrainian investigators examining civilians’ bodies in Bucha as Russian President Putin called the deaths “fake” on April 12. (Video: Reuters, Photo: Reuters)

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President Biden for the first time said that Russia was carrying out a “genocide” in Ukraine, prompting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky late Tuesday to call his remarks the “true words of a true leader.” Top U.S. officials have resisted using the term, even amid evidence of brutal torture and killings and growing accusations that Russia has committed war crimes against Ukrainians.

The results of an investigation by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe into alleged human rights violations by Russia in Ukraine are set to be publicly released Wednesday. Forty-five OSCE member states — including Germany, France, Britain and the United States — invoked the body’s “Moscow Mechanism” to investigate the allegations. Four of Ukraine’s strongest supporters, the heads of state from Poland, Estonia and Latvia traveled to Kyiv in order to meet Zelensky.

Satellite images captured in recent days by U.S. firm Maxar Technologies show Russian forces repositioning in Ukraine’s east, likely supplying more troops and military equipment in preparation for a fresh round of offensives in the region. A bird’s-eye view of several towns in Kharkiv and Luhansk, two provinces that sit near Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia, revealed Russian convoys with more than 200 vehicles traveling along the highway. Meanwhile, the United States is readying a dramatic expansion of its weapons assistance to Ukraine, U.S. officials told The Washington Post.

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