|Title:||Are These Before-and-After Pics of the Same Location in Bucha, Ukraine?|
|Date published:||May 15, 2023|
|Date updated:||May 15, 2023|
Claim: 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.
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.