Newspaper headlines: 'Haunted' Zelensky condemns Putin's 'genocide' as West calls for more sanctions – BBC

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Many front pages feature pictures of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to the scene of alleged war crimes in Bucha, Ukraine.
"Hero leader comes face to face with horrors of Putin's war", declares the Daily Mail – while the Daily Express says Mr Zelensky was "overcome with emotion" as he saw at first hand "the horrific fate of innocent civilians butchered by retreating troops".
The Daily Telegraph says its reporters in Bucha witnessed mass graves being filled with bodies so badly decomposed residents were unable to identify them.
The Daily Mirror publishes an open letter on the war in Ukraine – written in Russian. It begins in English: "A message to the Russian people…" with "you need to know" written in both languages.
The letter urges Russians to believe that the conflict is an "illegal war". It states that even if Russians "cannot or will not" believe what has been written, Russians should ask themselves: why has President Putin silenced the free press, why are young men being sent to their deaths and who benefits from this war.
According to the Times, Boris Johnson is close to making a formal statement about processing asylum seekers in Rwanda.
The paper says the prime minister wanted to announce a trial of the scheme last week, after a surge in the number of people attempting to cross the Channel.
A government source says an agreement is "close" – but adds "there are still a lot of things in the balance". The paper also points out similar attempts to process migrants in Albania and Ghana collapsed.
The i reports that officials are expecting "substantial interest" from companies wanting to buy Channel 4.
The Sun puts the price for the broadcaster at £1bn and says any deal should be completed by 2024. The Daily Telegraph says ITV is understood to be keen on a takeover.
The Guardian reports there has been a "fierce reaction" from some in the media industry to news of the sell-off.
The presenter, Sir David Attenborough, has accused the government of pursuing "shortsighted political and financial attacks" on British public service broadcasters.
"A huge boost for women's rights" is the Daily Mail's take on the equality watchdog's fresh guidance that places such as toilets and changing rooms can be protected as single-sex spaces.
The paper says the Equality and Human Rights Commission's document makes clear that it is legal for a gym to limit communal changing rooms to a single sex, as long as gender-neutral changing rooms are also provided.
The Daily Telegraph says organisations, including the NHS, had been waiting for clarity from from the watchdog.
Almost all of the papers pay tribute to the Eastenders actress, June Brown, who has died at the age of 95.
The Guardian says as Dot Cotton, Brown "created a great Dickensian character of detail, humanity and colour" that enrolled her in Eastenders' "female pantheon".
The Daily Mirror calls her "indomitable", a "national treasure" and "as dependable a fact of British life as fish and chips or April showers".
For its take, the Sun says Brown's 35-year career as the chain-smoking Dot Cotton was "the PUFF of legend".
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