russians discussed Bucha atrocities over radio – German intelligence

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Germany’s intelligence agency (Der Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND) intercepted radio messages from russian military sources discussing the killing of civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, reported.

According to the news magazine, the radio messages corresponded with known deaths. A russian soldier reportedly discusses shooting someone off a bicycle, and photos show a body lying next to a bicycle.

A dead body lies on the ground in Bucha, on April 2, 2022. (AFP via Getty Images)

“The foreign intelligence agency, known as the BND, may be able to match signal intelligence with videos and satellite images to make connections to specific killings, two people said,” – writes

The article in Der Spiegel also says that members of the Wagner Group, the private military unit with close ties to Vladimir putin and his allies, played a key role in the attacks on civilians while russians troops were in control of Bucha. Der Spiegel reminds that the actions of Wagner Group have attracted attention during its deployment in Syria due to its particular cruelty of the military unit.

The BND recordings suggest that the atrocities in Bucha were neither accidental acts nor the actions of individual russian soldiers who got out of control. Rather, the article suggests, it was said, that the soldiers talked about the atrocities as well as about their everyday lives.

This, it said on Wednesday in Berlin, indicates that killings of civilians has become part of the usual actions of the russian military, possibly part of a clear strategy. It is about spreading fear and terror among the civilian population and suffocating resistance, the German newspaper writes.

As reported earlier, 410 bodies of civilians were recovered in the liberated territory of the Kyiv region.

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