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Despite Russia’s repeated denials that they were responsible for any slaughter in Bucha, Russian military vehicles and forces have been seen on a Bucha street near civilian bodies, new drone video obtained exclusively by CNN.
CNN geolocated the videos taken by a drone on March 12 and 13 and confirmed their authenticity. CNN is not naming the person who took the video for security reasons.
In the March 13 video, a Russian military vehicle can be seen sitting at an intersection. CNN has identified three objects in the video — just down the street from the military vehicle — they are the same bodies seen in the April 1 video and in the satellite imagery captured by Maxar Technologies on March 18.
Another drone video from March 13 shows another Russian military vehicle continuing up the road towards the bodies.
In the March 12 video, several Russian soldiers can be seen surrounding a military vehicle parked in front of a house, just down the street from the bodies. It’s unclear what they’re doing in the house.
CNN reached out to the Russian Defense Ministry for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
International outrage: Russian officials – President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov – have repeatedly claimed that the videos and satellite images showing bodies in Bucha are fake.
This drone video is the first piece of evidence from Bucha showing Russian vehicles and troops operating on the street where bodies were found by Ukrainian forces when they retook the city on April 1.
The images that emerged after the withdrawal of Russian forces from Bucha have caused enormous outrage in the international community. It also prompted some leaders, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, to label the atrocities that took place in Bucha as war crimes.