Despite Russia’s repeated denials, they were responsible for any massacre in Bucha, located outside Kiev, Russian military vehicles and forces were seen on a Bucha street near civilian bodies, shows a new drone video obtained exclusively by CNN.
CNN has geolocated and confirmed the authenticity of the videos, which were taken by a drone on March 12 and 13. CNN does not mention the person who took over the video, over concerns for their safety.
A Russian military vehicle is seen sitting in an intersection in the March 13 video. CNN has identified three objects in the video – just down the street from the military vehicle – are the same corpses that were seen in the April 1 video and satellite. photos taken by Maxar Technologies on March 18th.
Another drone video from March 13 shows another Russian military vehicle driving further up the street in the direction of the bodies.
In the video on March 12, a number of Russian soldiers are seen around a military vehicle parked outside a house, just down the street from the corpses. It is unclear what they are doing in the house.
CNN asked the Russian Ministry of Defense for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
International outrage: Russian officials – President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov – have repeatedly claimed that the videos and satellite images showing bodies in Bucha are fake.
This drone video is the first evidence to emerge from Bucha showing Russian vehicles and troops operating on the street where the bodies were found by Ukrainian forces when they recaptured the city on April 1st.
The images that emerged from Bucha after Russian forces withdrew have aroused enormous outrage from the international community. It also led some leaders, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, to call the atrocities that took place in Bucha war crimes.