Italy's Mario Draghi accuses Russia of committing massacres in Ukraine

Mario Draghi, Italian Prime Minister

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# 08 April 2022 07:49 (UTC +04:00)

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi accused Russia of conducting massacres in Ukraine, during a speech in Rome on Thursday, APA reports citing CNN.

His comments came after Russia hit out at Italy over sanctions.

Earlier on Thursday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova accused Italy of “indecency” over imposing sanctions against Moscow, Italian state news agency ANSA reported.

“The only indecency is the massacres we are seeing every day," Draghi said when asked about Zakharova’s comments.

Draghi was speaking at a joint news conference following his meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Rome.

Rome has backed new EU sanctions against Moscow including on Russian gas, which accounts for 40% of Italy's total gas supplies, according to ANSA.