UKRAINE. After the departure of the Russians, new bodies of civilians were found in Boucha, near Kyiv. While the Kremlin denies responsibility for the military, a space technology company uncovers satellite imagery. The natives show the horrors of war.
Massacre of civilians in Boucha: satellite images contradict Russian version
April 5 at 11:21 am On Monday evening, the American newspaper The New York Times gives new information about the war in Ukraine and the Boucha massacre. The newspaper published an investigation refuting Russian claims that the killing of civilians in Bucha, in the Kyiv region, took place after Russian soldiers had left the city, based on analysis of satellite photos provided by space imaging company Maxar. The footage is from February 28, the first day of the war in Ukraine, and March 19, when a full-blown Russian offensive began in Ukraine. The Times visual research team conducted a before and after analysis of the satellite images to confirm that these were indeed civilian bodies and that they had emerged. The images show dark objects similar in size to a human body, appearing on a street between March 9 and March 11. Further analysis shows that they remained in these positions for more than three weeks until they were discovered by Ukrainian forces when they recaptured the town. Satellite images show at least 11 bodies have been on the streets since Russia occupied the city on March 11th. Also, a video taken by the city’s local councilor on April 1 shows the same bodies, and the few locals who remained in the city witnessed the ordeal experienced during this occupation.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the images of corpses on the streets of the Ukrainian city were “a new production of the Kyiv regime for the Western media.” Faced with these new revelations, Russia claimed the satellite imagery was “another hoax”, this time calling the UN Security Council for an emergency meeting in Boutcha, which it called “provocations by Ukrainian radicals”.
Volodymyr Zelensky visits Boutcha
April 4, 17:08. In a bulletproof vest and accompanied by Ukrainian soldiers, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky went to a street in Boucha, devastated by conflict, on Monday, April 4, after the bodies of several hundred civilians were found by Ukrainian troops and soldiers. International community in the Kyiv region and especially Boucha on Sunday. “These are war crimes. And this will be recognized by the world as genocide,” he said. “Every day when our fighters enter and retake areas, you see what happens,” he added to the media. Boutcha, with a population of 37,000 before the war, has been the scene of conflict since the start of the invasion of Ukraine on February 24. The city was occupied by the Russian army from 27 February and was inaccessible for more than a month. The shelling there ended on Thursday.
The president of Ukraine talked to residents and visited the rotten city. When asked about the continuation of peace talks with Moscow, he said he was continuing “diplomatic and military” efforts, but that it had been difficult for Ukraine to negotiate with Russia as Ukraine became aware of the atrocities committed by Russian forces on its territory. . Russia denies accusations that its military was responsible for the deaths. On Sunday, the Ukrainian president denounced the Russian troops, who, according to him, were “murderers, torturers, rapists, looters” after the massacre of civilians that unfolded in Boutcha.
Emmanuel Macron calls for new sanctions and Western countries speak of “genocide” in Boucha
April 4 at 11:25 am On this 40th day of the conflict and after the discovery of hundreds of civilian bodies by Ukrainian troops and the international community in the Kyiv region and especially in Boucha, Emmanuel Macron this morning called for new sanctions against Russia, especially Boucha. on coal and oil. Also, according to European Commissioner Josep Borrell, the European Union is “urgently” discussing new sanctions.
President Emmanuel Macron openly identified the Russian army as the cause of these deaths and speaks of “very clear signs of war crimes”: “The sights seen in Boutcha are unbearable. They will have to answer for this (…) The Russian army has been more or less determined to be at the root of these crimes. “. Other European countries are talking about “genocide”. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “Perpetrators of these war crimes should not go unpunished, and in this particular case, they should be able to appear before the International Criminal Court, to respond to these cases of alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes.” And why wouldn’t he say genocide”. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki suggested that “an international commission be established to investigate this crime of genocide”, accusations that Russia “categorically” rejects.
Russian troops withdraw from the Kyiv region, the Ukrainians discover the horrors in Boutcha
April 3 at 11:30 am On this 39th day of the conflict, the Ukrainian authorities announced that the Russian armed forces had left the Kyiv region. According to them, this entire area has been retaken. The Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine thus announced that “the settlements of Irpin, Boutcha, Gostomel and the entire Kyiv region have been liberated from the invader”. According to him, a “rapid retreat” is being observed in the north of the country to redeploy in the south and east of the country.
Therefore, it is time to take inventory of these territories captured by the Ukrainians. We discover horror in Boutcha, a town northwest of Kiev. About 300 people were buried in “mass graves”, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko told AFP. Le Figaro. “We see 15 to 20 bodies on the ground in some streets,” the first city councilor also told AFP. However, he “cannot tell how many people are still in the courtyards, behind the fences”.
38th day of the war: Russian troops left the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions
April 2 at 16:49 As announced a few days ago, Russian troops are gradually leaving the western Ukrainian cities to concentrate on the south and east of the country. On Saturday, April 2, the adviser to the Ukrainian presidency Oleksiy Arestovych confirmed on a television channel: “Let’s not fall into illusions: there are still intense battles for southern, Mariupol and eastern Ukraine.” Another adviser said that the Russians were conducting a “rapid withdrawal” of forces in the Kyiv and Chernihiv areas: “Given all the movements and concentrations of occupying troops, it is quite clear that Russia has chosen another priority tactic.”
Russian troops are therefore repositioning themselves in the south and east of Ukraine, but not only… Indeed, according to Ukrainian officials, Russian troops are currently deployed in Transnistria. It is a self-proclaimed independent territory of Moldova, located within missile range of the port city of Odessa.
Since the beginning of the conflict, maps have played a key role in understanding the Russian military operation and watching the situation in Ukraine live. Several press agencies as well as specialized institutes and French, Ukrainian and international media offer maps and charts updated daily. Some of these maps provide real-time tracking of the latest events, while others focus on key events from the last 24 hours.