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Why the massacres in Bucha are not fake? Analysis of the editor-in-chief of the Republic Dmitry Kolezev

Journalist, editor-in-chief of Republic publication Dmitry Kolezev in his blog dismantled arguments of those who do not believe that the Russian army can be involved in the killings of civilians in Bucha. “Paper” summarizes the main points.

  • The fact that “corpses move” in the videos from Bucha has not been reliably established. April 3 in the telegram channel of the Ministry of Defense appeared repost of the publication of the channel “War against fakes”. It says that the notes about Bucha “look like a planned media campaign” and that the video allegedly shows one corpse “moving its arm” and the second one sitting down. At the same time, on video in a higher quality published by Mediazona, it can be seen that the effect of the movement of bodies could have arisen due to a drop on the glass of a car and an aspherical rear-view mirror.
  • Photos and videos of the dead were made by dozens of foreign publications that are not related to each other. Reports from Bucha appeared, for example, in CNN And The New York Times, BBC, Reuters, AFP also worked there. Turkish agency Anadolu there is footage from the city of Motyzhin, another city in the suburbs of Kyiv, where the bodies of murdered civilians were also found.
  • Foreign and Russian independent publications spoke with the residents of Bucha, including authorized ones. Similar materials appeared inJellyfish“,”media zones“, The InsiderPolish Russian-language edition “Like this” And Reuters. Interlocutors of the publications claimed that there were Russians in the city, as well as, presumably, Buryats and Chechens. According to eyewitnesses and those with whom local residents spoke, the military shot civilians in Bucha for chatting, as well as those who were enlisted in the territorial defense or participated in the war in Donbass. All the stories of local residents are similar and do not contradict each other, Kolezev notes.
  • Report on war crimes published by Human Rights Watch. The organization interviewed several people, both by phone and in person. In the report sayswhat they said about the capture by Russian troops on March 4 of five people in Bucha, one of them was killed.
  • Satellite images showed that corpses began to appear in Bucha as early as March 11th. Some of them lay in the same place where, after the withdrawal of Russian troops, they were found by the Ukrainian military. This figured out The New York Times, comparing the location of the bodies from the video filmed in Bucha by Ukrainians, and images from Maxar Technologies. On March 11, the city was already captured by the Russian military.

Russia called the footage from Bucha fake and doubts the possibility of an “impartial international investigation.” Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for the first time expressed about what happened in Bucha on the evening of April 3, a few hours after the appearance of the first footage from the city. Kolezev draws attention to the fact that the department immediately called them “another provocation”, without saying anything about the intention to check the facts and conduct an investigation. April 5, Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov declaredthat the Kremlin doubts that an “impartial international investigation” is now underway.

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