Bucha may serve as venue for international tribunal on Russian crimes, PM Shmyhal says

1 April, 09:24 PM
Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal (Photo:Урядовий портал)

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal (Photo:Урядовий портал)

The Kyiv suburb of Bucha — now synonymous with the crimes and depravity of Russian soldiers — should be considered as a venue for the international tribunal for Russian war crimes, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said at the Bucha Summit on March 31.

This is where those who gave the orders, and who executed them — including the top leadership of Russia — will be tried, the prime minister said.

"When in 1945 the Allies were choosing a place for the trial of Nazism, they chose Nuremberg," Shmyhal said.

“Because the criminal ideology was forged there. When we choose a venue for the trial, Bucha should be considered as one of the options. After all, it was here, as the president of Ukraine (Volodymyr Zelenskyy) hasemphasized, that the entire criminal nature of the Putin regime and the Russian occupation first manifested itself.”

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Shmyhal said that only justice and fairness can heal the wounds of Bucha.

"Today, no one doubts that Russia and its leadership must pay for the evil they have done," the Ukrainian prime minister said.

“Pay with freedom, pay with money, pay with the status of a pariah state. Ukraine is now working with international partners to establish a special international tribunal. The next step is the confiscation of Russian assets that are frozen in the West and the transfer of these resources to rebuild Ukraine.”

Shmyhal added that even more powerful sanctions are needed to prevent any new ‘Buchas’ from happening again and to ensure that Russia runs out of resources to wage war against Ukraine.

The March 31 Bucha Summit was chaired by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and attended by Moldovan President Maia Sandu, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, Estonian President Alar Karis, the prime ministers of Slovakia, Slovenia, and Croatia, and other world leaders.

The Bucha Summit participants adopted a declaration supporting the prosecution of those responsible for Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

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