Apr 4, 2022 - World

Satellite images show 45-foot-long trench at Ukrainian mass grave site

A satellite image of a site identified as a mass grave in the town of Bucha, Ukraine, northwest of the capital of Kyiv.
A satellite image of a site identified as a mass grave in the town of Bucha, Ukraine, northwest of the capital of Kyiv. Image: Maxar Technologies

Newly released satellite images show a 45-foot-long trench in the grounds of a church in Bucha, Ukraine, where a mass grave was found after Russian troops withdrew from the Kyiv region city last week.

Driving the news: A CNN team on Sunday visited the grounds of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints Church, where Maxar Technologies' satellite images were captured, and reported seeing "at least a dozen bodies in body bags piled inside the grave" on the grounds.

  • The satellite images reveal "the first signs of excavation" were seen on the grounds of the church on March 10, Maxar Technologies said in an emailed statement.
  • Images captured on March 31 show "the grave site with an approximately 45-foot long trench in the southwestern section of the area near the church," the satellite imagery company added, sharing a video posted on social media of a mass grave at the same location.

The big picture: Zelensky spoke out on CBS on Sunday after bodies were photographed strewn in Bucha's streets, saying what's happening in Ukraine is "genocide."

  • Bucha Mayor Anatoly Fedoruk tweeted Saturday images of bodies with hands tied behind their backs in the city and told AFP there residents had "buried 280 people in mass graves."
  • Russia's government has denied responsibility for the killings, per the New York Times.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated to include the Russian government's denial of the killings.

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