The atrocities in Bucha and a couple of other liberated Ukrainian towns seem awful, and are getting full media coverage in the West. The outrage is obvious and palpable, and the pressure to “do something militarily” is increasing fast.
Yesterday the awful videos of bodies in the streets of Bucha were confirmed by satellite images. They show that the bodies were in the streets for days, while Bucha was still under Russian control. So those civilians must have been killed by Russians. It seems conclusive that the Russians committed war crimes by the dozen.
Not so fast. We’ve been fooled like this before. Remember the stories about the Iraqi soldiers killing babies in incubators in Kuwait before the first Gulf War? Turned out to be totally made up. Then there was the Tonkin Gulf incident that got the US into war in Vietnam, which never happened anything like they said at the time. And of course there was the Lusitania sinking, which was used to get the US into WWI under false pretenses.
Then there is the well-established pattern of deception from the Western media around recent wars, from the exaggerations about the Iraq WMDs to the later discredited Syria chemical attack. Talk about undermining our confidence!
How easy is it to change the date on a satellite image? How can we check?
The Russians totally deny the atrocities. They make some strong points. From the official Russian protest:
During the time that the town has been under the control of the Russian armed forces, not a single local resident has suffered from any violent action.
For as long as the town was under the control of the Russian armed forces locals were moving freely around the town and using cellular phones. So they could post on social media any photo and video footage of any theoretical “harassment” if this were the case. However, that did not happen.
Let me address the developments in chronological order.
On March 30, … Russian Ministry of Defense announced the withdrawal of forces from a number of regions, including Bucha.
That fact was confirmed the next day by the mayor of Bucha. In his video of March 31 Anatoly Fedoruk presented the withdrawal of Russian forces as a victory of Ukrainian Army. Interestingly, he had not mentioned any mass atrocities, dead bodies, killings, graves or anything like that. It is hard to imagine that a city mayor can “forget” to address such a devastating scenario.
Let me show you the video posted by Mr. Fedoruk. As you will see, he looks happy and smiling. It is hard to imagine that he is acting like this against the backdrop of “massacre” in the streets. That’s in Ukrainian, but as I said, he is very happy that Russian troops withdrew, which he regards as a great victory of the Ukrainian army. He makes no mentioning of any atrocities in the city.
This video was posted on “Ukraine 24” channel on the 1st of April. I would like to stress — nothing about “atrocities” was revealed on April 1st.
Let me also show a photo of Zhan Belenyuk, a deputy of the Ukrainian parliament, who, according to his reports in social media, visited Bucha after regaining control by the Ukrainian government. As you can see, he is also smiling. He is joyful. In his reports he mentions no dead bodies. Not a single reference to “atrocities”.
On April 2nd the National Guard of Ukraine posted on official resources a video from Bucha. Let me show you the footage. The video captures members of Ukrainian armed forces entering Bucha. The footage shows no dead bodies in the streets. The Ukrainian military interviewed several people in different locations across the town. None of them said a word about any “massacre” or mass killings. Camera also captures background behind these people, with no dead bodies in sight.
To sum it up, there are no reports of atrocities which are accredited to the Russian military in Bucha, which happened before the Ukrainian army took control of the town. Four days after the Russian military left the city of Bucha there was not a single sign of any “atrocities”. I repeat — not a single reference to it, anywhere.
Only after that do videos show up in the West:
The infamous video depicting bodies on the city roads only appeared on April 3rd. It is full of discrepancies and blatant lies. According to its authors, the bodies were lying on the streets for at least 4 days by the time the video was filmed.
However, the bodies are not stiffened. How is that possible? It is against the law of biology. The bodies do not have signs of decomposition known to forensic experts, including cadaver stains. The wounds contain no blood.
Another point illustrating that this video is fake.
The Ukrainian forces use either blue or yellow armlets or stripes. Because members of Ukrainian militia do not always wear military uniforms, local civilians in Bucha wore white stripes on their upper arms when the Russian forces were stationed in Bucha. That was done to prevent misidentification of civilians from members of militia. When the Ukrainian forces entered the town, they fired at the people with white stripes, killing the civilians. There is a video showing a conversation between members of Ukrainian units. It was published in social media by the so-called “territorial defense” — a radical nationalist fighting group. One of the radicals asks if he can shoot at the people without blue stripes. The other confirms that this is permissible.
Russian speakers know that, but let me translate for the rest of you:
Question behind the scene – «There are folks without blue bands, can I shoot them?»
Answer: «Of course».
I hope the evidence we demonstrated today leaves you with no illusion that the video circulated by the Kiev regime is a crude forgery. It does not stand any scrutiny. However, some Western leaders, for example German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, and of course British Foreign Minister Liz Truss have already lined up to promote this false narrative.
What happened in Bucha is exactly a false flag attack by the Kiev regime and its Western sponsors. The possible goal of this provocation is horrifying and brings back the nightmares of the Nazi crimes during the Second World War.
Vladimir Zelensky, once he arrived in Bucha, hinted that this “incident” justifies any “uncivilized response”. ..
Maybe Ukrainian forces shot some people thought to be collaborators. Or perhaps it was an awful wartime mistake — never let a tragedy go to waste, right? Or maybe it is an out-and-out hoax. In any case, the western narrative-spinners really like the Russian atrocity story, and are boosting it to the max.
UPDATE: Latest “proof” discussed here.
The Russian case makes sense. I will be taking the narrative of Russian atrocities with a grain of salt — maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not. Perhaps we will never be sure, one way or the other.
Truth is precious, isn’t it?
From a slightly different context:
At the beginning of the WW1 (1914), the British press were reporting that Germans were tossing Belgian babies into the air and catching them with their bayonets …
Arthur Ponsonby reveals that same story and a similar one of babies having their hands cut off by Germans shortly after invading Belgium: …
However, Francesco Nitti, Italian Prime Minister during WW 1, stated in his memoirs: “We heard the story of poor little Belgian children whose hands were cut off by the Huns. (…) Mr. Lloyd George [then British PM] and myself carried out on extensive investigations as to the truth of these horrible accusations, some of which, at least, were told specifically as to names and places. Every case investigated proved to be a myth.”
hat-tip Stephen Neil