“When Bucha was released, we saw that the devil was not somewhere out there, but on the ground. The awful truth about what was happening in the temporarily occupied territories was revealed to the world. We will never forget the victims of this war and we will surely bring to justice all Russian murderers. Russian evil will fall.” Thus the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky on the anniversary of the liberation, a year ago. “Bucha: 33 days of occupation. More than 1,400 dead, including 37 children. More than 175 people found in mass graves and torture chambers. 9,000 Russian war crimes. 365 days since a free Ukrainian city again A symbol of the atrocities of the army of the occupying country,” wrote the Ukrainian president on Telegram (UKRAINE WAR – ALL UPDATES).
Residents want to close a deeply painful chapter
Bucha mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk compared the rebuilding of his city a year after the Russian retreat to a bustling anthill and said residents wanted to close a deeply painful chapter. The Guardian reports it. Here “there is an incredible desire that nothing visually remind us of what the Russians have done and left behind them,” said Fedoruk, “it is in the heart, soul and mind of every Bucha resident.” The prime ministers of Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia – Eduard Geger, Robert Golob and Andrey Plenkovic, respectively, arrived in Kiev to participate in the meeting organized on the occasion of the liberation of Bucha. The participation of the Moldovan president Maia Sandu is also expected. After the meeting there will be a joint press conference.
“These crimes must not go unpunished”
It has been a year since the war crimes committed by Russian troops in Bucha were revealed. I carry the horrendous images with me. The EU is assisting Ukraine in investigating these crimes and gathering evidence. There will be no impunity”. The EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, wrote in a tweet on the anniversary of the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukrainian city. For his part, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wrote on Twitter that the crimes committed in Bucha must be punished by justice.Recalling the one-year anniversary of the liberation of the city, in which an atrocious massacre of civilians by Russian soldiers was committed, Scolz stated that “Bucha’s atrocities showed in the eyes of the world what Putin’s war means. Those images have also remained etched in my mind. These crimes must not go unpunished. That is why we are united in support of Ukraine. Russia must not win!”, he concluded.