Video | Debunking Russia’s lies about the Bucha massacre

Using verified recordings and satellite images published by ‘The New York Times,’ EL PAÍS exposes the holes in the official discourse of the Putin regime, which is denying it was responsible for the atrocities committed in the Ukrainian city

Photo: EPV | Video: EPV

In the past few days, the war to control the narrative of the invasion of Ukraine has centered on Bucha, a town near Kyiv, where more than 300 civilian bodies were found on the street following the withdrawal of Russian soldiers. The Kremlin’s propaganda machine is working around the clock to deny its involvement in the massacre. In the video above, EL PAÍS gathers and verifies all the recordings that debunk these claims.

When did Russian troops leave Bucha? When did the first videos of the bodies appear on social media? Who shared them? Are the people who appear on the ground really dead? What evidence disproves Russia’s discourse? In this video, we analyze one by one the photos that show that the bodies were already on the street before the Russian troops left the town, as evidenced by satellite images dated between March 11 and 18, and published by The New York Times.

EL PAÍS’s special correspondent in Ukraine, Luis de Vega, has been witness to the bloody trail left in Bucha after one month of Russian occupation. He, and other journalists from across the world, have documented the death of hundreds of civilians in different areas, as he explains in the video at the top of this article.


Fact-checking Marisa López González and Brenda Valverde Rubio
Editing Daniel Castresana
Video editing Patricio Ortiz
Post-production Paula Casado

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