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LVIV, Ukraine  —  Russia is facing allegations of committing war crimes in Ukraine.

The International Criminal Court is opening an investigation into possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine.  That’s according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Stoltenberg said he “strongly welcomes” the investigation.

This announcement comes amid reports of many bodies of civilians found along the streets of the Kyiv suburb of Bucha.  Stoltenberg described the “targeted” violence against civilians as something Europe hasn’t seen in decades.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN’s State of the Union they are helping however they can in the investigation.

“We’ve been working to provide the information we have to relevant institutions and organizations that will put all of those together,” Blinken said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky [[ VLO-doe-meer ze-LEN-skee ]] says the Russian invasion of his country amounts to genocide.

Russia is calling for a special UN Security Council meeting today after claims that its forces have committed atrocities and war crimes against civilians in Bucha.  Mass graves have been discovered in the town outside the capital Kyiv [[ Keev ]] following the Russian withdraw, or repositioning, from the region.

Footage purportedly showing the bodies of bound and executed civilians has sparked outrage.

Now Russia seems to be trying to blame Ukraine, with Russia’s deputy ambassador to the U.N. calling it the “heinous provocation of Ukrainian radicals.”  Russia claims the footage of the corpses is staged.