Russian troops discussed killing Ukrainian civilians in radio transmissions intercepted by Germany, source says

The briefing was the main point of Wednesday’s meeting, the source added.

These intelligence findings – first reported by Der Spiegel – appear to implicate Russian troops in a series of apparent war crimes despite Moscow’s denials, most recently in the indiscriminate killing of civilians in suburban kyiv. , in Bucha.

Der Spiegel reported that the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, intercepted Russian radio conversations about the killing of civilians in Bucha, and that some of the conversations could be directly linked to specific Bucha killings that have since been documented. the first appearance of an apparent massacre there.

German intelligence has satellite imagery that indicates Russian troop involvement in the Bucha killings, the Washington Post reported, citing an unnamed intelligence official, although the newspaper said radio transmissions were unavailable. not related to this place.

News of the German intelligence assessment comes amid massive international outrage against Bucha and a growing body of evidence that points to Russian military involvement in the indiscriminate killing of civilians in Ukraine.

Drone video taken before March 10 captured the moment a person on a bicycle was shot on a street in Bucha by Russian soldiers. International media broadcast numerous images of this same street, where the bodies of at least 20 civilian men were found after Russian forces exited the area.

Germany’s foreign intelligence office declined to comment, and a German government spokesperson declined to comment on the Der Spiegel report.

The German intercepts are not the first audio evidence indicating that Russian troops have engaged in the murder of civilians.

On Tuesday, Ukraine’s Security Service released a series of intercepted audio recordings that purport to reveal Russians being ordered to kill civilians.

In one of the alleged stops, a soldier identifies what he describes as a car carrying two civilians.

“F**king, kill ’em all, for fuck’s sake!” comes the answer.


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