After the cameras around the world, stunned by this macabre spectacle, left the scene, journalists from the prestigious American daily stayed behind. They spent eight months in this small town near the capital, interviewing residents, collecting footage from security cameras and drones, and examining phone records.
A slew of clues that allowed journalists to identify Russian paratroopers from the 234th regiment as the perpetrators of the massacre at Boutcha and specify their mode of action. The evidence indeed places this unit at the scene of the executions at the time they occurred. Thus, the license plates of the vehicles visible on the CCTV cameras are similar to those used during exercises of this same regiment in 2020 and in February 2022. Uniform badges and slips on boxes of ammunition corroborate this track.