Foreign Minister in Kyiv: Baerbock calls for clarification of war crimes

Status: 05/10/2022 12:15 p.m.

Foreign Minister Baerbock is the first member of the German government to visit Kyiv since late February. In Bucha, she spoke of “war crimes and crimes against humanity” and called for clarification.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is the first German cabinet member to visit the capital Kyiv since the start of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Baerbock was received by an employee of the German Embassy at his home. The Minister was accompanied by Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova.

“Baerbock is seen as a friend of Ukraine”, Georg Heil, RBB, currently Zaporizhia/Ukraine

Tagesschau 12:00 p.m., 10.5.2022

At the start of her visit, the Green politician inquired about the situation in the suburb of Bucha, where more than 400 bodies were found after the withdrawal of Russian troops. Baerbock was shocked by the information and asked for the incidents to be clarified. Those responsible must be held accountable, Baerbock said:

We owe it to these victims not only to commemorate them here, but also to hold the perpetrators accountable and to hold them to account. This is what we will do as an international community. This is the promise we can and must give here to Bucha.

“We could be those victims”

After Baerbock lit a candle in a church, she said she felt like she was in a normal church. At the same time, it is a place where “the worst crimes imaginable not only became visible, but actually happened”. People’s greatest wish is to let the world know what crimes happened and how great the pain is. No one can take that pain away, “but we can deliver justice,” Baerbock said.

In Butscha one feels with urgency: “We could be these victims.” You see playgrounds, supermarkets, people going to work. “And then you see the worst traces of crime right next to it.” A bomb fell directly into the supermarket. Inside the church, photos showed people doing just what everyone does, Baerbock says: shopping and being murdered in cold blood.

According to Ukrainian authorities, hundreds of civilians were killed in Bucha during the month-long Russian occupation. After the departure of the Russian soldiers, the bodies of the people were found on the spot. Similar discoveries have been made elsewhere. The Russian government denies any responsibility for the crimes.

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