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'Not just commemorate, also penalise'

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo participated remotely in the Bucha Summit today. March 31 marks exactly one year since Bucha was liberated and Russian war crimes came to light.


After the liberation of Bucha, north of Ukraine's capital Kyiv, the whole world discovered the horrific war crimes and crimes against humanity committed there by the Russian army. They included rapes, innocent civilians were executed and victims were buried in mass graves.

On this first anniversary, Ukraine organised the Bucha Summit on Russia's Accountability for the Crimes in Ukraine. In a video message, the Prime Minister expressed support for bringing war crimes trials in Ukraine:

Alexander De Croo: "Four months ago, I stood in Bucha, at the edge of the mass grave where innocent civilians were left by the Russian barbarians. Women and men with their hands tied behind their backs, mistreated and executed. Remembering them is important, but not enough. We must also hold accountable, prosecute and try the barbarians responsible for these crimes. This is also why Belgium fully supports the International Criminal Court in The Hague in its investigation into war crimes in Ukraine."