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Bucha Massacre: Satellite image showing bodies contradict Russian claims

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

Satellite image emerging from Bucha depict bodies lying in the streets nearly a fortnight after Russian troops left the town.

The image first reported by the New York Times contradicts Russia’s top diplomat, Sergei Lavrov’s claim that footage of bodies in the streets of Bucha was staged after Russians withdrew from the Ukrainian city.

The image shows what appear to be bodies in the same locations where corpses were found by Ukrainian soldiers when they recaptured Bucha, situated north of Kyiv.

First hand accounts of Bucha Killings

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy first trip outside Kyiv since the Russian invasion started for a first-hand account of what he described as “genocide” and “war crimes” in the town of Bucha.

“Dead people have been found in barrels, basements, strangled, tortured,” said Zelenskyy, who urged Russia to quickly come to the negotiation table to end to the war.

Ukrainian officials claim 410 bodies of civilians were found around towns close to Kyiv that were recaptured from Russian forces recently. Journalists with the Associated Press counted 21 bodies in addition to a group of nine civilian clothes who appeared to have been shot at close range.

The atrocities committed by Russian troops in Bucha have sparked a global condemnation, with world leaders condemning and accusing President Putin of committing war crimes.

World Leaders Condemn Bucha Massacre

US President Joe Biden condemned the killings in Bucha and accused Russian forces of committing “genocide”. President Biden blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for trying to “wipe out the idea” of a Ukrainian identity.

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki echoed President Biden’s comments, adding the atrocities in Bucha and other Ukrainian towns close to Kyiv "must be called acts of genocide and be dealt with as such."

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the killings do not "look far short of genocide".

The US Senate condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal in a resolution that was introduced by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.



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