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Style: Germany intercepted Russian communications on civilians killed in Bantha, reports Der Spiegel

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Ukraine-crisis-Germany: Germany intercepted Russian communications on civilians killed in Budcha, reporter Spiegel

L'ALLEMAGNE A INTERCEPTÉ DES COMMUNICATIONS RUSSES SUR LES CIVILS TUÉS À BOUTCHA, RAPPORTE DER SPIEGEL © Reuters / Alkis Konstantinidis Germany has intercepted Russian communications on civilians killed in Bantha, reports Der Spiegel

Berlin (Reuters) - German intelligence services have intercepted Radio communications from Russian military exchanges exchanging the death of civilians in the Ukrainian city of Boutcha, reported Thursday Der Spiegel.

The magazine specifies that the BND, the German external intelligence agency, presented these elements in the Bundestag on Wednesday, without saying where it holds this information.

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According to Spiegel, intercepted communications are possibly referring to some of the bodies of civilians found in the streets of Bantha, in the northwestern suburbs of Kyiv, after the withdrawal of the Russian forces last week.

In one of them, a Russian soldier said he shot down a Ukrainian circulating cycling. The body of a man has been found next to his bicycle.

According to Spiegel, the BND has other recordings that suggest that similar events occurred in other Ukrainian cities.

Deliberately targeting civilians during a conflict is constituting a war crime - an accusation already brandished by the Kyiv authorities and rejected by Moscow who says that the deaths of Bindcha are a staging to discredit the Russian army .

A spokesman for the German government did not wish to comment on Spiegel's article.

(written by Miranda Murray, with Andreasrinke, French version Tangi Salaün)

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