A new video has emerged which adds to growing evidence of atrocities committed as the Russian army occupied the suburban town of Bucha, northwest of kyiv.
The video shows a cyclist moving along a street in Bucha, dismounting and walking a bicycle around the corner in a street occupied by Russian soldiers. As soon as the cyclist rounds the bend, a Russian armored vehicle fires several large-caliber shells along the lane. A second armored vehicle fires two shots in the direction of the cyclist. A plume of dust and smoke rises from the scene.
The video is aerial footage recorded by the Ukrainian military in late February, when Russian forces still held the town. It has been independently verified by The New York Times.
Weeks later, after Russia withdrew from Bucha, a plainclothes body was filmed next to a bicycle at that exact location in a second video verified by The Times. The body, with a mutilated leg, rests behind a concrete utility pillar that collapsed from an apparent blow. Pillar damage is consistent with high caliber ammo. The person’s clothing—a dark blue top and lighter pants—matches the rider’s attire.
In aerial footage, Russian armored vehicles visible on the street appear to be BMD-4 infantry fighting vehicles, which are usually equipped with a 100 millimeter cannon and a 30 millimeter cannon, according to an analysis by the video by the Times. More than 20 Russian military vehicles are positioned near the two vehicles that fired, both on the same street and stretching for blocks along a side street.
The military convoy is parked at an intersection on Yablonska Street, where The Times documented more than a dozen dead bodies on Monday. Satellite images confirmed people were killed in March as Russia controlled the city; the new video confirms that a Russian convoy was where many of these bodies were found.
Jean Ismay contributed to the reports and David Botti contribution to video editing.