German intelligence has intercepts of Russians discussing Bucha massacre

7 April, 04:44 PM
The Russian military discussed the massacre in Bucha by radio (Photo:REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)

The Russian military discussed the massacre in Bucha by radio (Photo:REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis)

Germany’s BND intelligence agency has intercepted radio conversations between Russian units that were occupying Bucha, near Kyiv, in which they discussed ongoing mass killings of civilians, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported on April 7.

According to Der Spiegel, the content of these intercepts match up with the locations of the bodies of civilians strewn along Bucha’s main street.

One recording has a Russian soldier saying that he and his squad buddies have shot a person riding a bicycle, the newspaper wrote.

Another has a man stating that captive Ukrainian soldiers are tortured and executed, according to the article.

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In general, the intercepts make it clear that mass killings in the town were neither accidents, nor isolated instances of acts by individual soldiers.

Der Spiegel writes that this approach is now Russian military’s modus operandi, as part of their counter-insurgency strategy.

BND’s evidence also suggests that similar atrocities could have been going on in other places under Russian occupation, in particular around Mariupol.

After Kyiv oblast was liberated from the Russians by Ukraine’s Armed Forces, dozens of bodies of tortured civilians and mass graves with hundreds of corpses were found in Bucha, Irpin, and other places.

Latest reports put the civilian death toll in Bucha after weeks-long Russianoccupation at 340 people.

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