Bucha Summit participants denounce Russia’s war crimes, call for justice

1 April, 12:56 AM
Bucha Summit on March 31, 2023 (Photo:Office of the President)

Bucha Summit on March 31, 2023 (Photo:Office of the President)

Nearly 50 countries and organizations that attended the Bucha Summit adopted a joint declaration calling for bringing those responsible for Russian war crimes to justice, the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine announced on March 31.

According to the message, world leaders and international organizations strongly condemned the atrocities committed in Ukraine, including the massacres in Bucha, which had become a symbol of the brutality of Russia’s aggression.

The participants supported the efforts of countries – including Ukraine – to investigate and prosecute crimes committed on the territory of Ukraine, or against Ukraine, in accordance with international law and national legislation. They also called on the global community to provide maximum support to the International Center for Investigation of Crimes of Aggression against Ukraine.

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The declaration states that those responsible for planning, perpetrating, and committing the crime of aggression against Ukraine must be punished. The leaders also called on the international community to establish a legal mechanism to "ensure effective accountability for the crime of aggression," and supported creating an international registry to record damage inflicted by Russia on Ukraine, for the purposes of future reparations.

The summit was attended by representatives of nearly 50 countries and international organizations, while Polish President Andrzej Duda, French President Emmanuel Macron, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Czech President Petr Pavel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen participated via remote video links.

On March 31 – the anniversary of Bucha’s liberation from Russian occupation – President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the town, accompanied by his Moldovan counterpart Maia Sandu, as well as the prime ministers of Slovakia, Slovenia, and Croatia.

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