One year since the massacre in Bucha
Today, Ukrainians are marking the first anniversary of the liberation of the city of Bucha from the Russian army, and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Kiev will never forgive those responsible for, as he said, crimes in the city.
Ukrainian forces recaptured Bucha and Irpin, near Kiev, at the end of March last year, and international investigators are now gathering evidence in those and other towns where, Ukrainian authorities say, Russian soldiers committed major crimes.
Russia denies the allegations, and after Ukraine took control of Bucha, photos emerged of bodies on the streets.
Kiev claims that Russian forces held the city for 33 days and that during that time 1.400 people were killed, including 37 children.
– More than 175 people were found in mass graves. We have witnessed 9.000 Russian war crimes. Today marks 365 days since Bucha is free again, Zelenski said.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, said that "today marks one year since Russian forces committed terrible crimes in Buča and Irpin".
– These crimes will forever remain in the collective memory of Europe. As Russian aggression continues, other Ukrainian cities face similar atrocities. This will not go unpunished. The culprits must be brought to justice, there will be no peace until those responsible are brought to justice. The Council of Europe, in cooperation with Ukraine, will do everything to implement compensation for the victims and to bring those responsible to justice, according to the statement of Pejčinović Burić.