Japanese PM visits Bucha

22 March, 12:25 AM
Fumio Kishida in Bucha on March 21, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Fumio Kishida in Bucha on March 21, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida visited Bucha, Kyiv Oblast, and witnessed the mark Russian war criminals left on the town during its occupation in March 2022, Reuters reported on March 21.

Kishida laid a wreath near the church, where a mass grave of civilians killed by Russian invaders is located, and honored the memory of the victims of Russian aggression.

“A year ago, the world was shocked to see the massacre of innocent civilians in Bucha,” said Kishida.

“After visiting this place, I feel great anger because of these atrocities.”

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The PM stressed that his country would "keep aiding Ukraine with the greatest effort to regain peace."

Kishida also met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. They signed a declaration on a special global partnership, discussed the implementation of the Ukrainian peace formula, the expansion of sanctions against Russia, Japan's participation in the Fast Recovery Plan and bilateral cooperation during Tokyo's G7 chairmanship.

Zelenskyy said that he offered Kishida to focus on supporting Ukrainian medical institutions and restoring some sectors of the economy – the automotive industry and "green transformation" enterprises.

On March 21, Kishida arrived with an unannounced visit to Ukraine. On March 22, he will visit Poland, before returning to Japan.

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