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War in Ukraine ... Satellite images show bodies lay in Bucha for weeks, despite Russian claims.

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Peter Burgess
War in Ukraine Satellite images show bodies lay in Bucha for weeks, despite Russian claims. Reported by Malachy Browne, David Botti and Haley Willis April 4, 2022, 3:16 p.m. ET Video 1:07 Satellite Images Rebut Russia’s Claim on Bucha 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 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 Bucha train station Vokzal St. Satellite images show more than 12 bodies along this stretch of road. Yablonska St. 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. ImageA 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 his head lying beside a bicycle. Malachy Browne is a senior story producer on the Visual Investigations team. His work has received four Emmys, and he shared in a Pulitzer Prize in 2020 for reporting that showed Russian culpability in bombing hospitals in Syria. @malachybrowne • Facebook David Botti is a senior producer on the Visual Investigations team, which combines traditional reporting with digital forensics and open source methods. He previously worked for the BBC in Washington and London, and as a freelance journalist in the Middle East. Haley Willis is a journalist with the Visual Investigations team, which combines traditional reporting with digital forensics and open source methods. She has shared in a George Polk Award in 2020 for international reporting and a News Emmy for the documentary, The Siege of Culiacán. @heytherehaIey Badly frightened and hungry, residents of the liberated Ukrainian town of Nova Basan described living through the terrifying ordeal of the Russian occupation. Vladyslav Heraskevych, a skeleton competitor from Ukraine at the Beijing Olympics, is finding ways to make himself useful in the war effort as he waits to be called to military duty. Russians and the War
  • Polls and interviews show that many Russians, after the initial shock of the invasion, now accept the Kremlin’s assertion that their country is under siege from the West.
  • Life for climate activists in Russia, often targeted by the police and facing restrictions to their right to protest, was already tough. When Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, it got worse.
On the Diplomatic Front
  • Beijing is mounting a campaign aimed at officials and students to rally domestic support for Russia. The message: China will not turn its back on Moscow.
  • Turkey expects to bring together the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine in the coming weeks, after hosting talks between representatives of both sides.
How We Verify Our Reporting
  • The Times has deployed dozens of journalists to report on the ground in Ukraine, to cut through the fog of misinformation.
  • Our team of visual journalists analyzes satellite images, photographs,videos and radio transmissions to independently confirm troop movements and other details.
  • We monitor and authenticate reports on social media, corroborating these with eyewitness accounts and interviews. Read more about our reporting efforts.
Understand What Is Going On
  • Avoiding Misinformation: Here are warning signs to look for before you retweet information about the war.
  • Dig Deeper: Understand the history of the relationship between Russia and Ukraine, the causes of the conflict and the weapons that are being used.
  • Potential Impact: The fate of Ukraine could have enormous implications for the world. Learn more about what’s at stake and how the energy sector is already affected by the war.
  • Outside Pressures: Governments and businesses are taking steps to punish Russia. Here are some of the sanctions adopted so far and a list of companies pulling out of the country.
  • Stay Updated: To receive the latest updates on the war in your inbox, sign up here. The Times has also launched a Telegram channel to make its journalism more accessible around the world.
War in Ukraine
  • Images of atrocities deepen Russia’s isolation and amplify calls to treat them as war crimes.
  • More than 300 people were killed in Bucha, Zelensky says.
  • Spanish and U.S. authorities seize another yacht owned by a Russian oligarch.
  • Detention, beating, mock execution: Residents of a liberated town recount the terror of Russian occupation.
  • In the backyard of a house in Bucha, one family lost two men.
  • Our Coverage of the Russia-Ukraine War
  • Ukrainians and the War

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