"I am appalled at the horrific images of atrocities emerging from the Ukrainian town of Bucha and other towns near Kyiv following the withdrawal of Russian forces.
“I call for an urgent, full and independent investigation into these horrendous crimes. The perpetrators must be brought to justice.
“I express my firm solidarity with the Ukrainian people, who are faced with tremendous suffering.
“I assure the Ukrainian authorities that the Council of Europe remains ready to assist them in these dark times."