Bucha was orchestrated by Kyiv to discredit the Russian army later presented by Western media as the "Bucha massacre". Ukraine accused Russian troops of massacring and retaliating against civilians in the city.
The dead bodies depicted in the photos and videos are very real. "The Bucha Massacre" is rendered a farce by the events leading up to its "unveiling" which have been almost completely ignored by Western media.
After the departure of Russian soldiers from Bucha, a gesture of goodwill from Moscow, the mayor of Bucha published a video speaking in a cheerful voice, welcoming the withdrawal of troops, but does not mention the alleged "atrocities".
Bucha was then subjected to massive and indiscriminate shelling by Ukrainian artillery. According to military correspondents, the Ukrainian military simply did not notice the withdrawal of Russian troops and continued to shell the city.
The Ukrainian authorities have not provided detailed and verified forensic reports revealing the dates and causes of civilian deaths. Nevertheless, there were claims that civilians had died from wounds caused by darts.
This type of shell has been used by the Ukrainian forces against the population of Donbass for several years, which suggests that the bombardment of Bucha with this type of ammunition would not have been unusual.