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May 19, 2023

Two Photos of the Same Street in Bucha, Ukraine. 2022 vs. 2023.

“WAIT, 2022 is on top?!

Wtf?”

 

If we think standing up for an innocent, free people ravaged by unprovoked war, rape, murder, torture…is expensive, we’re just drowning in cozy privilege. If we think standing up for a fellow democracy is pricey, we should remember authoritarianism is costly beyond measure. ~ Waylon

 

“Uh that’s a hard read (below). How can a person think it’s remotely ok to go into a country and kill and torture it’s inhabitants? You must know that you’re the bad one in this situation.”

“I remember seeing a photo gallery of Bucha that was posted online by an old army buddy of mine volunteering in Ukraine just after finishing my shift at work. I had never anything like that. The obvious torture and execution of innocent people. Castrated men, the broken body of a sexually assaulted 3 year old. Dozens and dozens of blatant executions of women, children and elderly.

I remember pulling over on my drive home and just crying. Can’t recall the last time I cried as a grown man before that. Gave my wife and son a big hug when I got back.

Ukraine must win.”

 

Ukraine is fighting, so that we (and Europe) don’t have to bear the brunt of Putin’s endless authoritarian, hateful ambitions. 

According to Snopes:

A pair of photographs shows the same location in Bucha, Ukraine, following Russia’s withdrawal in April 2022 and roughly a year after efforts to rebuild were undertaken.

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In May 2023, images of Bucha — a suburb of Kyiv in Ukraine — taken roughly a year apart went viral. The early image showed a dystopian scene with burned out and abandoned tanks and widespread destruction. The latter image showed a street without tanks that had been rebuilt.

These pictures authentically show the location on the same street: Vokzal’na Street. Russian military activity in Bucha centered around the intersections of Vokzal’na Street and Yablunska Street.

It was here, according to a Pulitzer Prize-winning, eight-month visual investigation by The New York Times, that Russian paratroopers from the 234th Air Assault Regiment, led by Lt. Col. Artyom Gorodilov, committed some of the worst atrocities of the early invasion:

An eight-month visual investigation by The New York Times concluded that the perpetrators of the massacre along Yablunska Street were Russian paratroopers from the 234th Air Assault Regiment led by Lt. Col. Artyom Gorodilov.

The evidence shows that the killings were part of a deliberate and systematic effort to ruthlessly secure a route to the capital, Kyiv. Soldiers interrogated and executed unarmed men of fighting age, and killed people who unwittingly crossed their paths — whether it was children fleeing with their families, locals hoping to find groceries or people simply trying to get back home on their bicycles.

Ukrainian forces recaptured Bucha on March 31. Following Russia’s retreat, satellite imagery showed the bodies of executed civilians lining Yablunska Street at its intersection with Vokzal’na Street….

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