Kyiv: UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday visited Bucha and Borodyanka in Ukraine. Speaking at the mass grave site in Bucha, Guterres said, “Here, you feel how important it is for a thorough investigation and accountability.
“I fully support the international criminal court and appeal to the Russian federation to accept to cooperate with the ICC (the International Criminal Court). But when we talk of war crimes we cannot forget that the worst of crimes is war itself.”
The first stop of the UN chief was Borodyanka where he was moved by the sight of wreckage of residential apartment blocks on Central Street, BBC reported.
He said, “When I see those destroyed buildings, I imagine my family in one of those houses now destroyed and black. I see my granddaughters running in panic.
“The war is an absurdity in the 21st century – the war is evil and when you see these situations our heart of course stays with the victims, our condolences to their families. But our emotions – there is no way a war can be acceptable in the 21st century. Look at that.”
According to The Guardian, Guterres was heavily criticised for visiting Ukraine after Russia, rather than before.