Everywhere I turn today media are talking about the massacre at Bucha, a small town in the suburbs of Kyiv. Nearly every report assumes that Russian forces murdered 100 or more Ukrainian civilians before leaving town on March 30. As the source article explains, there are good reasons to doubt the narrative we are hearing.
Some of the reasons for skepticism are:
- The allegations have yet to be investigated.
- Russia is demanding an investigation to be performed by the U.N., a demand it likely would not make if its soldiers had committed war crimes.
- The timeline of events (in the source article) makes the alleged Russian atrocity improbable.
- Ukraine has produced a wealth of propaganda based on outright fabrication over the last five weeks.
I have no idea what the truth of events in Bucha may be, but it is somewhat disturbing to see so many outlets and commentators acting as if they know what happened when — prima facie — they don’t.
The U.S. should stop pouring money into a war Ukraine has already lost and we should stop imposing sanctions that only bounce back to our disadvantage.