Israeli foreign minister visits Bucha, Hostomel and Babi Yar
Israel's Foreign Minister Eli Cohen arrived in Ukraine for the first time since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation (Photo:Michael Brodsky/Twitter)
Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs Eli Cohen visited Bucha and Hostomel, as well as Babi Yar, site of massacres carried out by the Nazis against Jews in the Second World War, in Kyiv, Ambassador of Israel in Ukraine Michael Brodsky tweeted on Feb. 16.
The Israeli minister visited the church grounds in Bucha where a mass grave was discovered, filled with the bodies of people killed by the Russian invaders in the first month of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
In Hostomel, Cohen visited one of the last Jews living in the city, 82-year-old Jeanette Butenko.
Cohen arrived in Kyiv in the morning of Feb. 16. It was the first visit by a top Israeli official to Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
After the Russian invaders withdrew from Kyiv Oblast in late March and early April, the world saw the results of their atrocities, which left hundreds of people dead. In Bucha, Irpin, and along the Zhytomyr highway, bodies of civilians tortured and killed by Russians were found.
On April 14, the Ukrainian parliament recognized the Russian army's actions as genocide of the Ukrainian people. Leaders of Western countries have condemned the war crimes of the Russian army and called for an investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators.
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