The EU Delegation to Belarus expressed its deepest condolences to the family of Roman Bondarenko, his friends and neighbours. In their statement, the diplomats emphasize that all law enforcement officers carrying out criminal orders must be held accountable.
“We are appalled and deeply saddened by the tragic death of the 31-year-old Roman Bondarenka who yesterday passed away in hospital from the grave injuries caused by the police brutality the day before. We express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and neighbours. Roman is yet another irreparable loss in the country’s peaceful struggle for a democratic future.
The Delegation of the EU to Belarus stands in solidarity with all the peacefully demonstrating Belarusians who have suffered from the hands of the Belarusian authorities. Today at 12:00, the entire staff of the EU Delegation observed a minute of silence to grieve for Roman and all other victims of the violence of the law enforcement authorities since 9 August.
All law enforcement officers carrying out criminal orders should be accountable for their illegal, arbitrary and outright brutal acts towards peaceful citizens. We will continue to call for a transparent investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators.”