Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted a video on social media on the anniversary of the liberation of Bucha, a town that has become a symbol of Russian military war crimes in Ukraine.
Bucha and Buchansky district. 33 days of occupancy. More than 1400 dead including 37 children. More than 175 people were found in mass graves and torture chambers. 9000 Russian war crimes. 365 days, because it’s a free Ukrainian city again. The symbol of the atrocities of the army of the occupying country. We will never forgive. We will punish all the culprits.
Another clip shows an excerpt from Zelensky’s press conference, in which the Ukrainian president is asked about the worst day of his life. He says that was the day the world saw the killings in Bucha. This is followed by footage of world leaders visiting the liberated city.
“When Bucha was cleared, we saw that the devil is not out there somewhere – he is on the ground. The terrible truth about what happened in the temporarily occupied territories was revealed to the world. We will never forget the victims of this war and we will certainly bring all Russian killers to justice,” the video said.
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