New video footage of mass executions of civilians allegedly carried out on March 4 in Butsa, the martyrdom city where the first revelations of Russian army atrocities took place in Ukraine, north of Kiev, is published by the American newspaper New York Times.
“The hostages are lying there, next to the fence,” said the cameraman of one of the three videos released by the New York Times.
“One, two, three, definitely, four, five, six,” someone else can be heard counting.
A total of nine people are being held, and according to the US report, “the hostages are being forced to fall to the ground, including one wearing a typical, light blue hooded sweatshirt”.
What happened from the moment the video was cut
The video was cut short, but the newspaper quoted eight witnesses as saying, “What happened next?”
Our latest visual investigation: New evidence of war crimes obtained by The Times, including previously unpublished CCTV videos, shows how Russian paratroopers executed 8 captured Ukrainian volunteer fighters in Bucha in March. https://t.co/fEvlE62dcn
– Evan Hill (@evanhill) May 19, 2022
“Walk right, dogs”
In two other videos, Russian paratroopers lead civilians at gunpoint. “Walk right, dogs,” is heard in the visual footage allegedly videotaped by a security camera a few minutes before the execution.
The third video, dated March 5, confirms the testimonies of eyewitnesses. The corpses were seen lying on the ground next to the office building at 144 Jablonska Street.
Other surveillance camera footage of 144 Yablunska Street showed Russian paratroopers occupying Butsa around the same time the men were being executed.