EU leaders visit Bucha | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News

EU leaders have witnessed with their own eyes the consequences of the Russian attacks. And they vowed to “pay a very, very heavy price” on President Vladimir Putin.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell visited the kyiv suburb of Bucha. Ukrainian authorities claim that hundreds of civilians were massacred there by Russian troops.

During the visit, von der Leyen said the unthinkable had happened here. She said people saw the cruel face of Putin’s army.

She told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the attacks are “shattering” for humanity. She said that whatever actions the EU takes are not worth the sacrifice of the Ukrainian people.

Von der Leyen added that Ukraine belongs to the European family. She said the EU had heard her request loud and clear and was ready to give her an initial positive response. She presented Zelenskyy with documents to help Ukraine speed up its application for EU membership.

Borrell said the EU will allocate 1 billion euros for arms sales to Ukraine and add another 500 million euros in the coming days.

EU leaders also adopted new sanctions banning the import of billions of dollars worth of coal, timber, chemicals and other products from Russia. However, Zelenskyy says the penalties should be even tougher.