“Irpin paid a high price for the win,” Markuschyn said. He had accused the Russian army of serious war crimes after their withdrawal. Civilians were shot, women raped and homes looted.
Baerbock also entered a completely bombed apartment building in the city. “It’s easy to be foreign minister in a country that is at peace. But it’s a completely different thing to be mayor at war. I have the greatest respect,” said the Greens politician.
terror of Bucha
Baerbock arrived in Ukraine in the morning. The Green politician first got an impression of Bucha, a suburb of the capital Kyiv, where Russian soldiers are said to have committed atrocities against the civilian population.
The Foreign Minister promised support there in investigating war crimes. “We owe it to these victims that we not only commemorate here, but that we hold the perpetrators accountable and hold them accountable,” she said. “We will do that as an international community. That is the promise that we can and must make here in Bucha,” she emphasized.
“These victims could be us”
Baerbock, who was protected by heavily armed security personnel and wearing a flak jacket, appeared shaken. In Butscha one senses urgently: “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.
The Foreign Minister spoke to residents of the city, which has become synonymous with suspected war crimes by Russian forces in Ukraine. A few weeks ago, after the Russian withdrawal, hundreds of dead civilians were found on the streets there – some with their hands tied behind their backs.
“The Worst Crimes Imaginable”
The Minister was accompanied by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova. After Baerbock lit a candle in a church, she said it felt like she was in a normal church. At the same time, this is a place where “the worst crimes imaginable have not only become visible, but actually happened.” People’s greatest wish is to make it clear to the world what crimes have happened and how great the pain is.