| Photo: The New York Times The New York Times exclusively published evidence that Russian paratroopers intentionally surrounded and executed Ukrainians in a suspected war crime, in Bucha, a suburb of Kiev, Ukraine. Three videos show nine men just before they were executed.
At the beginning of the Security camera footage, recorded on March 4, shows victims bent over, holding each other’s belts or with their hands over their heads. Another video made by a witness and given to the American newspaper has the following narration: “The hostages are lying there, against the fence”, says the person filming.
Eight witnesses also reportedly told the New York Times what happened next. According to them, soldiers led men behind a nearby office building that the Russians had taken over and turned into a makeshift base. There were shots and the captives did not return. A drone video taken the next day on March 5, also obtained by the NYT, is the first visual evidence that confirms eyewitness accounts. It showed the bodies lying on the ground on Yablunska Street, 144 .
Russian leaders have repeatedly denied wrongdoing in Bucha and described the footage as a “false provocation”. Russia’s defense and foreign ministries did not respond to requests for comment on the Times’ findings.