Disinfo: The images of dead bodies in Bucha may be a diversion of attention from US biolabs in Ukraine

Summary

Last Saturday night, images of bodies lying in the streets of Bucha, some with their hands tied, were released. Advisor to the Ukrainian president, Mikhail Podoliak, stated that the civilians "were unarmed", "posed no threat" and "were shot dead by Russian soldiers".

For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense branded the images showing dead bodies of civilians in the streets of the Ukrainian town as "provocative" and denounced that it is a "staging" created "for the Western media."

For her part, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, stated that it could be a measure aimed at "diverting attention" from the US biological laboratories in Ukraine, "frustrating the peace negotiations and escalating the violence."

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Pro-Kremlin disinformation obfuscating atrocities against Ukrainian civilians committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha, in the vicinity of Kyiv. Amplification of prominent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about biological weapons and secret labs.

Russia's claims that video footage showing dead bodies on the streets of Bucha is staged have been fact-checked and debunked by the BBC, Bellingcat, The Atlantic Council, Mediazona and others.

Accounts of violence against civilians in Bucha have been collected by the Human Rights Watch:

On March 4, Russian forces in Bucha, about 30 kilometers northwest of Kyiv, rounded up five men and summarily executed one of them. A witness told Human Rights Watch that soldiers forced the five men to kneel on the side of the road, pulled their T-shirts over their heads, and shot one of the men in the back of the head. “He fell [over],” the witness said, “and the women [present at the scene] screamed.”

See also here.

The President of Ukraine, who visited the liberated town of Bucha, said:

"These are war crimes and they will be recognized by the world as genocide. We are aware of thousands of people killed and tortured, with their limbs cut off. Raped women, murdered children. I believe this is genocide"

The European Union has condemned in the strongest possible terms the reported atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces. The EU called for accountability for human rights and international law violations by the Russian Armed Forces, including full support for the investigation launched by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Read more about the EU's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

See related examples of disinformation about biological laboratories here.

See a related disinformation claims, alleging that videos from Ukrainian town Bucha are context-and-evidence-free

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  • Reported in: Issue 278
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/04/2022
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: War crimes, War in Ukraine, laboratory, Biological weapons
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Disinfo: The West is spreading fakes about Russian atrocities in Bucha

Western and Ukrainian media and politicians are spreading another fake about the alleged killings of civilians by the Russian military in the Kiev city of Bucha. A number of foreign publications, including Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and the BBC Russian Service, simultaneously issued notes about Bucha, from which Russian troops left on March 30, early on Sunday morning [...]

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“ The video with the bodies is bewildering ... At the 30th second in the rearview mirror, the “corpse” sits down. The bodies in the video seem to have been deliberately laid out in order to create a more dramatic picture. This is clearly visible if the video is played at a speed of 0.25 of normal,” the message says.

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Pro-Kremlin disinformation obfuscating atrocities against Ukrainian civilians committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha, in the vicinity of Kyiv.

Russia's claims that video footage showing dead bodies on the streets of Bucha is staged have been fact-checked and debunked by the BBC, Bellingcat, The Atlantic Council, Mediazona, The Insider, and others.

Disinfo: Kyiv's accusations of killings in Bucha are a provocation

The materials presented by the Ukrainian authorities, allegedly confirming the "crimes" of Russian troops in Bucha, are yet another provocation, the Defense Ministry [of Russia] said. [...]

They stressed that for the entire time the point was under the control of the Russians, not a single local resident suffered from any violent actions. [...]

All the bodies of people whose images were published by the Kiev regime, after at least four days, were not in rigor mortis, did not have characteristic cadaver spots, and the blood was not clotted in their wounds.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation obfuscating atrocities against Ukrainian civilians committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha, in the vicinity of Kyiv.

Russia's claims that video footage showing dead bodies on the streets of Bucha is staged have been fact-checked and debunked by the BBC, Bellingcat, The Atlantic Council, Mediazona, the Insider and others.