Satellite images show bodies lay in Bucha for WEEKS – disproving Russia’s wild claims that more than 400 corpses were brought in AFTER Putin’s troops left the Ukrainian town in a massive hoax. By Katie Feehan.
Satellite images which show dead bodies lining the streets of Bucha weeks ago appear to have debunked Russian claims that they were placed there after their troops left the Ukrainian commuter town. …
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the accusations that Russian troops committed the atrocities as a ‘staged provocation’ but has yet to provide the ’empirical evidence’ he says proves they are not responsible.
Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defence issued a lengthy statement which said no civilians had suffered violence at the hands of Russian troops and that the images were staged.
However, analysis of satellite images by the New York Times and of moving and still images by fact-checkers at the BBC contradict Russia’s denial.
The NYT has retrieved archived satellite images they have then matched up with photos taken by members of the media on the ground in Bucha which they say proves the bodies were there before Russian troops withdrew on March 30.
The newspaper matched up to 11 bodies on the streets in a video shot by a local resident on April 2 with a satellite image from March 11 — when Russia was occupying the town — which suggests the bodies had been there for weeks. Subsequent images obtained by MailOnline from March 19 correlate with the same video.
Bucha, March 19, when under Russian control
Yes, Putin really did start a war of choice, and his troops really have behaved very badly. There is no coming back from that, morally. Putin might oppose the west’s ruling class on cultural issues, but the enemy of my enemy is not always my friend.
Steve Sailer dissected a NYT article that looks at what happened in Bucha and how the atrocities developed.
In other words, the initial regular Russian troops behaved fairly well, at least until they got hungry. That was my impression from various videos on pro-Ukrainian sites: that when confronted with angry Ukrainians, such as in demonstrations in Kherson, Russians troops looked agitated but not all that trigger-happy.
But then then Ukrainian policemen etc. in the occupied areas took off their uniforms and melded into the population, while passing on information to the Ukrainian Army and doing a little sabotage. Soon the Russian troops viewed all Ukrainian males as a potential threat.
As the days and weeks went by, food became scarce and any good will from the soldiers vanished, too. Residents boiled snow for water and lived off what they had stored from their small gardens. Russian soldiers, without a proper logistics pipeline, began looting people’s homes, shops and even the local chocolate factory. One butcher spray painted “ALREADY LOOTED” on his shop so the soldiers would not break in. On another store, another deterrence: “EVERYTHING IS TAKEN, NOTHING LEFT.” …
Then the regular troops were rotated out:
By mid-March, the Russian soldiers were rotated out of the town and replaced by separatist fighters who were brought in from the southeast. …
The guys who have been fighting for 8 years on the Donetsk front, such as Ukraine’s Azov Battalion and Moscow’s Night Wolves motorcycle gang, tend to have a reputation of liking violence more than the regular soldiers. …
It was then, residents said, that atrocities began to mount.
It all becomes a lot more understandable.
Or maybe not. See Are we being hustled into war with Russia by another hoax?