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UN Secretary-General in Bucha: Accountability is important

UN Secretary-General António Guterres today called for a “thorough investigation and accountability” on alleged war crimes when he visited Bucha in Ukraine.

“When we visit this horrendous site, it makes me feel how important it is [to have] a thorough investigation and accountability,” Mr. Guterres told reporters in Bucha.

“I am glad that International Criminal Court is seized of the situation and that the prosecutor’s office was already here. I fully support the International Criminal Court and I appeal to the Russian Federation to accept to cooperate with the International Criminal Court. But when we talk about war crimes, we cannot forget that the worst of crimes is war itself.”

The Secretary-General is in Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other senior officials.

In a visit to the town of Borodyanka, Mr. Guterres said: “When I see those destroyed buildings, I must say what I feel. I imagined my family in one of those houses that is now destroyed and black. I see my granddaughters running away in panic, part of the family eventually killed… And when one sees these situations our heart, of course, stays with the victims.”

 

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