The incident in Bucha caused a strong reaction from the international community. The consequences of the Russian military presence in the city are still being discussed in the world media. Anti-Russian sentiments among Ukrainians rose sharply again after Russian troops left the Kiev region. The Russian side denies the reliability of the information provided by Kiev. They refer to various objective circumstances that rule out the veracity of the crime. American military analyst Scott Ritter also considers the Bucha story to be a staged fake.
The analyst emphasizes that in order to get better understanding of the situation, one need to know that the number of civilian casualties in Ukraine is relatively small in comparison to other military actions previously conducted in the world. As an expert on the U.S. operation in Iraq, he compares the official number of civilian deaths in Iraq and in Ukraine (according to data provided by Kiev). In his comparison, the rate of casualties among civilians during the Russian operation is 7 times lower than in any modern warfare conducted by the US (comparing to the Iraq campaign, where the count was 1 combatant for 1 non-combatant).
According to his comments, the Russian army had good relations with the local population. The Russian military entered into mutually beneficial relations with civilians. They exchanged dry rations for dairy products. After the withdrawal of the Russian military, civilians spotted with Russian dry rations were identified as “collaborators” and were executed without trial. Their bodies were used for the staged “Massacre in Bucha”.
Scott Ritter also points out several important issues. Firstly, most of those killed were wearing white ribbons. The Russian military could not mistake the civilians for Ukrainian saboteurs.
Secondly, Russian dry rations were lying next to many of the dead, which confirms the probable execution of the “collaborators” by the Ukrainians.
Thirdly, those bodies that did not have white ribbons on their forearms had their hands tied with these ribbons. Finally, the corpses that have spent 11 days lying outside on the streets under the temperature above zero would never look that well.
The expert also quotes the material of a Mexican journalist who filmed his report right after Kiev allowed journalists to come to Bucha. His video evidently shows recently killed people.
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