UKRAINE / GUTERRES VISIT

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Secretary-General António Guterres visited sites of suspected war crimes in Ukraine where he condemned the “evil” acts committed against civilians and urged criminal accountability. OCHA

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STORY: UKRAINE / GUTERRES VISIT
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DATELINE: 28 APRIL 2022, BORANDYANKA / BUCHA / IRPIN, KYIVSKA OBLAST, UKRAINE

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28 APRIL 2022, KYIVSKA OBLAST, UKRAINE

1. Various shots, grocery shops, gas stations, houses and other key civilian infrastructure destroyed during the fighting

28 APRIL 2022, BORANDYANKA TOWN, KYIVSKA OBLAST, UKRAINE

2. Various shots, Secretary-General António Guterres and delegation amidst shots of destroyed apartments buildings impacted by shelling
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
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“When I see those destroyed buildings, I must say what I feel. I imagined my family in one of those houses that is now destroyed and black. I see my granddaughters running away in panic, part of the family eventually killed. So, the war is an absurdity in the 21st century. The war is evil. And when one sees these situations our heart, of course, stays with the victims. Our condolences to their families, but are emotions are that there is no way a war can be acceptable in the 21st century. Look at that.”

28 APRIL 2022, BUCHA CITY, KYIVSKA OBLAST, UKRAINE

4. Various shots, Secretary-General and delegation accompanied by a priest, visit the churchyard of St Andrew the First-Called All Saints
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“When we this horrendous site, it makes me feel how important it is a thorough investigation and accountability. I am glad that International Criminal Court is seized of the situation and that the prosecutor's office was already here. I fully support the International Criminal Court and I appeal to the Russian Federation to accept to cooperate with the International Criminal Court. But when we talk about war crimes, we cannot forget that the worst of crimes is war itself.”

28 APRIL 2022, IRPIN, KYIVSKA OBLAST, UKRAINE

6. Various shots, Secretary-General and delegation amidst shots of a destroyed residential area
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This horrific scenario demonstrates something that is unfortunately, always true: civilians always pay the highest price. Innocent civilians were living in these buildings. They were paying the highest price for a war for which they had not contributed at all. And this is something everybody should remember, everywhere in the world. Wherever there is a war, the highest price is paid by civilians.”
8. Various shots, destroyed buildings

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (28 Apr) visited sites of suspected war crimes in Ukraine where he condemned the “evil” acts committed against civilians and urged criminal accountability.

The UN chief’s visit to the Kyiv suburbs of Borodyanka, Bucha and Irpin comes nine weeks since the Russian invasion began. Guterres urged Russia “to accept to cooperate” with the ongoing investigation launched by the International Criminal Court, the ICC.


Speaking from Bucha, where disturbing images of dead civilians lying in the street sparked worldwide outrage earlier this month, Guterres said, “when we see this horrendous site, it makes me feel how important it is a thorough investigation and accountability.”

In Bucha he visited the churchyard of St Andrew the First-Called All Saints where until recently there was a mass grave where hundreds of people had been buried.

He added, “I fully support the International Criminal Court and I appeal to the Russian Federation to accept to cooperate with the International Criminal Court.”

Surveying destroyed buildings in Borodyanka, northwest of Kyiv, the Secretary-General also called the war “an absurdity.”

He said, “I must say what I feel. I imagined my family in one of those houses that is now destroyed and black,” adding, “I see my granddaughters running away in panic, part of the family eventually killed. So, the war is an absurdity in the 21st century. The war is evil.”

In Irpin, where Guterres visited the destroyed Irpinsky Lipki residential complex, he said that the “horrific scenario demonstrates something that is unfortunately, always true: civilians always pay the highest price.”

According to UNOSAT, 71 percent of Irpin was destroyed.
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