The Council of European Municipalities and Regions strongly condemns the atrocities committed in Bucha
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) has continuously expressed its full and unconditional support to the Ukrainian people and their local and regional elected representatives since the beginning of the Russian-led war in Ukraine.
CEMR is horrified by the scenes of desolation and the atrocities that were witnessed following the liberation of the Kyiv region by the Ukrainian army and expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims.
CEMR strongly condemns what could amount to war crimes committed by the Russian Federation, notably in the town of Bucha, North-East of Kyiv, where more than 410 Ukrainian civilians were killed. These abuses are part of a wider context of human rights violations committed by the Russian Federation army, including rape, summary executions, and unlawful use of violence against Ukrainian citizens. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1,417 civilians, including 121 children, have been officially killed in Ukraine – figures that are probably much higher in reality, according to the Office.