Guatemala City, By Brenda Larios (AGN) -. The President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, was stirred after going through the cities of Bucha and Irpin, where he observed the consequences of the attacks committed by Russia in the zone.
He was accompanied by the entourage that followed him on this official visit to the European country. Among them is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mario Búcaro.
The President reiterated to local journalists that the events observed in this place should not be forgotten, for Ukraine and humankind.
We must fight, so things like this do not happen again. The courts must ensure justice, and that this does not happen here or anywhere else, said the President, quoted in a press release from the Secretariat of Social Communication of the Presidency (SCSP).
Bucha is a city that has been suffering the violence of war since the invading army destroyed the site and caused the death of 419 people, about a third of its population.
Survivors narrated that there were no hostilities or resistance from Ukrainians in Bucha, but even so, both children and women were indiscriminately killed. The attacks left the population without communication, electricity, or potable water.
Russian troops occupied the cemetery and did not allow families to bury their dead, whose remains laid for several days outside of their houses, offices, and businesses, at the mercy of stray dogs, according to survivor testimonies.
The Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostle Andrew is in Bucha. According to Ukrainian authorities, foreign troops set up their command offices in the basement of the religious compound.
Under the soldiers’ siege, families from the area arrived at the site to bury more than one hundred people in the church garden. Survivors’ declarations established that the population was the target of robberies in their homes and the dispossession of property.
Time in Irpin
The President of Guatemala also visited Irpin, a city that Russian ballistic missiles targeted, leaving more than 50% of the town in ruins.
In the city of Irpin, close to Kyiv, the Ukrainian army repelled the attack. The counteroffensive led by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was surprising and so well organized that it managed to liberate the people.
Irpin was on the front line after Moscow’s troops entered Ukraine on February 24. In the early days of the war, hundreds of Irpin residents escaped by an improvised plank road over the ruins of a bridge to save their lives.