The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Friday that she saw “humanity in pieces” in the town of Bucha, where she went, accompanied by the High Representative of the European Union for the foreign policy, Josep Borrell, a mass grave of civilians massacred during the Russian occupation of the city.
“We saw all the coldness of Putin’s army. We saw the recklessness and cold heart they had in occupying this city. We saw humanity in pieces in Bucha. The whole world is in mourning for what happened in Bucha,” Von der Leyen said from the Ukrainian town where earlier this week Russian indiscriminate killings of Ukrainian civilians came to light, some in handcuffs and with signs of torture.
Along with Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger, Von der Leyen and Borrell visited a mass grave in the courtyard of the Church of St. Andrew the First Called, where some 14 bodies were found in plastic bags that had been exhumed.
Ursula von der Leyen and Josep Borrell have promised from the town of Bucha that those responsible for the massacre of more than 300 civilians will be held accountable for their “atrocities”.
“We have to defend the border with Europe, humanity and democracy and that’s why we are here with Ukraine,” von der Leyen added. During the visit, they were accompanied by the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, and the Mayor of Bucha, Anatoliy Fedoruk.
“We visited Bucha. I showed Von der Leyen, Borrell and Heger the atrocities committed by Russian military troops against Ukrainian civilians. We will never forgive the enemy for these crimes. We are working with our European partners to stop the abuser ASAP,” Shmyhal wrote on Twitter.
Later, Von der Leyen, Borrell and Heger placed candles in this church and went to Volknalna Street, one of the most damaged during Bucha’s occupation and where dozens of burnt-out tanks still lie.
The visit to the town of Bucha was the first leg of the European leaders’ trip to Ukraine, where they also plan to meet Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky, as well as Shmyhal and other senior government officials; to those who will convey a “message of solidarity” from the EU with the country after the Russian invasion.
The trip coincides with the approval last night in the EU of the fifth sanctions package against Russia for the invasion of Ukraine, which affects the energy sector for the first time by banning the import of Russian coal. , in addition to including an arms embargo against Russia and vetoing high-tech exports to that country.
“The latest sanctions come after the atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha and other places under Russian occupation. The purpose of our sanctions is to put an end to the inhumane and aggressive behavior of Russian troops and the unlawful aggression against Ukraine,” he shared on Twitter. .Borrel.
An attack today against the train station in the city of Kramatorsk, in the Donbass controlled by the Ukrainian army and where there were nearly 4,000 civilians who wanted to flee the region, left at least 50 dead and 87 injured, a massacre which Kyiv attributes to Russian forces and which Russia denies.
The head of the Donetsk regional military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, noted that among the deceased there were five children. So far, 98 people have been transferred to hospitals, including 16 children, 46 women and 36 men. Twelve of these citizens died in the hospital and 38 at the station, he said.
According to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office, at the time of the missile impact, “the population was being evacuated and there were nearly 4,000 civilians at the station, mostly women and children.” According to photos and videos released by local authorities and Ukraine’s state rail transport company, Ukrzaliznytsia, lifeless bodies can be seen among bloodstains, suitcases, backpacks, stuffed animals and shopping carts in front of the station and near the platform. .
“The inhuman Russians do not give up their methods. Lacking the strength and courage to face us on the battlefield, they cynically exterminate the civilian population,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Facebook.