Germany intercepts Russian radio communications in which soldiers discuss killings in Ukraine
Germany is said to have intercepted Russian military communications in which Russian soldiers can be heard discussing killings outside kyiv, which could ‘strengthen the evidence’ that Moscow was behind the horrific massacre in the suburbs of Bucha, Bloomberg reports Thursday.
News of the intelligence – acquired by Germany’s foreign intelligence service Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) – was first reported by a German magazine The Spiegelwhich claims that some of the intercepted traffic can be “directly linked” to certain photographs of the suburbs of kyiv.
The communications also suggest that the suburban killings were “not an act of rogue forces, but may have been part of a deliberate strategy to foment terror”. Bloomberg written by Spiegel.
Russia has denied responsibility for civilian deaths in Bucha and claimed, without evidence, that the photos of the atrocities were staged when Kremlin forces left the town.
In the transmissions, Russian soldiers could be heard discussing how they interrogate and then shoot both soldiers and civilians, The Washington Post Remarks. The BND also reportedly matched the location of the bodies found in Bucha with the soldiers’ comments.
Furthermore, intelligence acquired by Germany suggests that “mercenaries from the Wagner Group, a Russian private military company, may have been involved in the atrocities.” Bloomberg written according to Spiegel. The same group is known to have committed similar transgressions in Syria, for Spiegel.
Additionally, Germany has mentioned he has satellite images linking Russia to the Bucha murders.
Officials also got their hands on communications that could not be located, “raising concerns that atrocities may have been committed elsewhere and there were indications of chatter originating from Mariupol”. Bloomberg writing. Read more on The Spiegel and Bloomberg.