One year ago, after Russian troops left the area, the Ukrainian military entered the city to discover bodies of dead civilians scattered over the streets and buried in mass graves.
Images of death and devastation coming from a Bucha left in ruins after month-long occupation stirred a global outcry, prompting international leaders to condemn Russia’s action and calling for an end to the occupation of Ukraine.
"When Bucha was de-occupied, we saw that the devil was not somewhere out there but on the ground. The heinous truth about what was happening in the temporarily occupied territories was revealed to the world," Zelenskyy said.
After Ukraine took back control of Bucha, harrowing images of dead bodies lying in the street were beamed across the world.
Russia's occupation of the town resulted in more than 1,400 deaths, including 37 children, Kyiv said. More than 175 people were found in mass graves and torture chambers and 9,000 Russian war crimes have been identified, it said.
Zelenskyy described the town as a "symbol of the atrocities" of Russian occupying forces. "We will never forget the victims of this war, and we will certainly bring all Russian murderers to justice," Zelenskyy wrote on social media. "We will never forgive. We will punish every perpetrator."
When Bucha was de-occupied, the heinous truth about what was happening in the temporarily occupied territories was revealed to the world.— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 31, 2023
We will never forget the victims of this war, and we will certainly bring all Russian murderers to justice. pic.twitter.com/jyuVQ8VMvB