The EU Commission President met the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv and got an idea of the situation in Bucha, where investigations into war crimes by the Russian army are currently underway. Numerous bodies of murdered civilians were found there last weekend.
“People were killed in passing”
Von der Leyen explained that Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal, who accompanied her to Bucha, showed her photos of the atrocities. “People were getting killed in passing,” she said. “We could also see with our own eyes that the destruction in the city was aimed at civilian life. Residential homes are not military targets.”
Von der Leyen said that the EU is now involved in the investigation of the Ukrainians in a joint team. “Because it is extremely important that everything is well documented in order to avoid defeats in court because the evidence is not good enough.” Ukrainians and experts from member states would work together here, in liaison with the International Criminal Court.