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Date: 2024-05-21 Page is: DBtxt001.php txt00022036
RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE
ATROCITIES IN BUCHA

An analysis of satellite images by The New York Times rebuts claims by Russia that the killing of civilians in Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, occurred after its soldiers had left the town.


Satellite images rebut Russia’s claim that the killing of civilians in Bucha occurred after its soldiers had left town, a Times analysis found. Video contains graphic images.CreditCredit...Maxar Technologies

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Peter Burgess
An analysis of satellite images by The New York Times rebuts claims by Russia that the killing of civilians in Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, occurred after its soldiers had left the town. When images emerged over the weekend of the bodies of dead civilians lying on the streets of Bucha — some with their hands bound, some with gunshot wounds to the head — Russia’s Ministry of Defense denied responsibility. In a Telegram post on Sunday, the ministry suggested that the bodies had been recently placed on the streets after “all Russian units withdrew completely from Bucha” around March 30. Russia claimed that the images were “another hoax” and called for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting on what it called “provocations of Ukrainian radicals” in Bucha. But a review of videos and satellite imagery by The Times shows that many of the civilians were killed more than three weeks ago, when Russia’s military was in control of the town. One video filmed by a local council member on April 1 shows multiple bodies scattered along Yablonska Street in Bucha. Satellite images provided to The Times by Maxar Technologies show that at least 11 of those had been on the street since March 11, when Russia, by its own account, occupied the town. Video Cinemagraph To confirm when the bodies appeared, and when the civilians were likely killed, the Visual Investigations team at The Times conducted a before-and-after analysis of satellite imagery. The images show dark objects of similar size to a human body appearing on Yablonska Street between March 9 and March 11. The objects appear in the precise positions in which the bodies were found after Ukrainian forces reclaimed Bucha, as the footage from April 1 shows. Further analysis shows that the objects remained in those position for over three weeks. Where Bodies Were Found in a Kyiv Suburb Bucha UKRAINE 16 miles to downtown Kyiv Mass grave Bucha Vokzal St. Bucha train station Yablonska St. Satellite images show more than 12 bodies along this stretch of road. 1/2 MILE By The New York Times The causes of death are unclear. Some of the bodies were beside what appears to be an impact crater. Others were near abandoned cars. Three of the bodies lay beside bicycles. Some have their hands bound behind their backs with white cloth. The bodies were scattered over more than half a mile of Yablonska Street. A second video taken on Yablonska Street shows three more bodies. One lies beside a bicycle, another near an abandoned car. Satellite imagery shows that the abandoned cars and the nearby body appear between March 20 and 21. Image A dead body near abandoned cars on Yablonska Street in Bucha, Ukraine, on Apr. 2. The body had been on the street since Mar. 21, satellite imagery shows. A dead body near abandoned cars on Yablonska Street in Bucha, Ukraine, on Apr. 2. The body had been on the street since Mar. 21, satellite imagery shows.Credit...Kievskiy Dvizh via Instagram / Maxar Technologies These are just some of the civilian bodies discovered since Saturday. The Associated Press published images of at least six dead men lying together in the rear of an office building, some with hands tied behind their backs. The building is one mile west of the other victims found along Yablonska Street. Another mile further along, a photographer with The Times discovered the body of a man with a gunshot wound to h Kyiv’s mayor accuses Russian forces of ‘genocide.’ GENEVA — The mayor of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, on Tuesday accused Russia of committing “genocide” by killing civilians, and echoed calls by his country’s president for the international community to send more aid and weapons to Ukraine and to cut off all business ties with Russia. “This is genocide. This is war against civilians,” the mayor, Vitali Klitschko, told a meeting of city mayors at the United Nations in Geneva, speaking by video link from Kyiv. “This is war against our country.” Mr. Klitschko said he had visited the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, where images of bodies in the streets, some with their hands tied behind their back, have prompted a storm of international protest. On Tuesday, he described seeing the bodies of civilians shot by Russian troops, including an older woman and a couple in a car. President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said overnight Tuesday that more than 300 people had been tortured and killed in Bucha, and that the list of victims was likely to grow. Mr. Klitschko said that Russian forces’ bombardment of Kyiv during the war had killed more than 100 civilians and destroyed more than 100 apartment blocks. More than 300 people had been hospitalized, including 40 children, he said. The figures could not be independently verified. As the war’s destruction and loss of life increase by the day, he said that Russia’s main weapon was not tanks or aircraft, but propaganda — which he called “the lie.” The mayor appealed to countries and businesses to cut commercial ties with Russia, saying that every euro or cent sent to or received from Russia was “blood money.” “The blood of this money is Ukrainian blood,” he said.



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