Friday, 31st of March, is the anniversary of Bucha.
I would never want that my beautiful childhood town Bucha to be know as the mass murder of civilians and prisoners of war by the Russian Armed Forces.
For me, these are our relatives, our friends, people we know.
During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, heavy fighting took place in Bucha as part of the Kyiv offensive, resulting in severe Russian losses.
The city was captured by Russian forces on 27 February
Mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk announced the recapture of Bucha by Ukrainian forces on 31 March 2022.
A few days after the recapture, on 2 April 2022, news reports and videos emerged showing streets in Bucha covered with the bodies of men dressed in civilian clothes. Some of those found had their hands tied. Among those killed were women and children. There was also evidence that Russian soldiers had systemically tortured, mutilated and executed many civilians in the basement of a summer camp.
During the occupation, the Russian army committed more than 9,000 war crimes in the Bucha district of Kyiv region, and more than 1,700 civilians were killed, including about 700 in Bucha.