Russia-Ukraine crisis: Civilian deaths in Bucha were war crimes, Germany’s Scholz says

Since Russian troops pulled back from Bucha last week, Ukrainian officials say hundreds of civilians have been found dead



German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Published: Sat 9 Apr 2022, 3:26 PM

The perpetrators of civilian killings in the Ukrainian town of Bucha were guilty of war crimes and must be held accountable, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday.

“This is something we cannot forget,” Scholz said, referring to the deaths of civilians in the town to the northwest of Kyiv.

“We cannot overlook that this is a crime. These are war crimes we will not accept... those who did this must be held accountable.”

Since Russian troops pulled back from Bucha last week, Ukrainian officials say hundreds of civilians have been found dead. Bucha’s deputy mayor said more than 360 civilians were killed and around 260-280 were buried in a mass grave by other residents.

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Speaking at a rally ahead of state elections in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, Scholz said Germany would continue supplying Ukraine with defensive weapons to send the message that it was committed to protecting the sovereignty of European states.

“European borders must remain untouched,” he said.


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