“It is the last time the [Ukrainian] men would be seen alive” The New York Times revealed some indisputable evidence of the Russian executions of men in Bucha
Witness testimony and videos obtained by The New York Times show how Russian paratroopers executed at least eight Ukrainian men in a Kyiv suburb on March 4, 2022, a potential war crime.
In two videos, Russian paratroopers march them at gunpoint along a street in Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv. Some of the Ukrainian captives are hunched over, holding the belts of those in front of them. Others have their hands over their heads. “Walk to the right, bitch,” one of the soldiers orders them.
The videos, filmed on March 4, 2022, by a security camera and a witness in a nearby house and those obtained by The New York Times, are the clearest evidence that the men were in the custody of Russian troops minutes before being executed.
“Hostages are lying there, against the fence,” the person filming one of the videos says. He counts: “One, two, three, for sure, four, five, six …” In total, nine people are being held.
A drone video, filmed a day later on March 5, 2022, also obtained by The Times, is the first visual evidence confirming the eyewitness accounts. It showed the dead bodies lying on the ground by the side of the office building at 144 Yablunska Street, as two Russian soldiers stood guard beside them.