Satellite imagery bolsters allegation of Russian slaughter of Ukrainian civilians in Bucha

Russia has denied recent allegations that its military troops indiscriminately murdered scores of innocent civilians in Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, as those Russian forces withdrew in the face of Ukrainian counterattacks around the capital city.

Those denials aren’t holding up well under scrutiny, though, as a review of satellite imagery of the area appears to show dead bodies of civilians strewn about the streets of Bucha for at least several weeks, Fox News reported.

The satellite images shared by Maxar Technologies would appear to corroborate the shocking pictures and videos from Bucha that have gone viral on social media and contradict Russian claims that the civilians had actually been killed by Ukrainian forces reclaiming the suburb from Russian control in recent days.

Further, the images also purport to show a large trench dug on the grounds of a church that is believed to have been used as a mass grave during the period of time that Russian troops still occupied the area.

Russia denies it

The Russian Defense Ministry recently issued a statement vehemently denying the accusations that it had slaughtered Ukrainian civilians in Bucha.

In fact, the Russians claimed, not a “single local resident” was harmed and humanitarian aid and escape routes had been provided to all who lived in the city.

The Russian statement went on to assert that the accusations were nothing more than the latest “hoax, a staged production, and provocation” from the Ukrainian government and Western media.

Biden slams Putin

In response to these newest allegations of atrocities committed by Russia, ostensibly by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Joe Biden told reporters Monday, “You may remember I got criticized for calling Putin a war criminal. Well, the truth of the matter — you saw what happened in Bucha. This warrants him — he is a war criminal.”

Biden stopped short of describing what allegedly occurred as a “genocide” but did label it as a “war crime,” and called for all relevant information to be gathered as evidence for a “wartime trial” and suggested that additional sanctions against Russia could soon be imposed.

Later, during Monday’s press briefing, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan further expounded on Biden’s remarks and, without getting into the details, asserted that efforts were underway to hold Russia and its leaders “fully accountable” for what is alleged to have happened in Bucha.

With respect to the war crimes trial Biden had called for, Sullivan acknowledged that such a trial could be conducted by the International Criminal Court — to which the United States is not a signatory member — or some other similar “mechanism” and venue.

He, too, refrained from using the word “genocide” with regard to the alleged Russian atrocities in Ukraine but suggested that could change in the future if substantive evidence of such emerged, and confirmed Biden’s suggestion of additional sanctions on Russia, perhaps as soon as later this week.

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