The briefing was the top item at the Wednesday meeting, the source added.
Der Spiegel reported that the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, intercepted Russian radio chatter about the killing of civilians in Bucha, and that some of the conversations could be tied directly to specific killings in Bucha that have been documented since news first emerged of an apparent massacre there.
News of the German intelligence assessment comes amid massive international outrage over Bucha and a growing body of evidence that points to the Russian military’s involvement in the indiscriminate killing of civilians in Ukraine.
Germany’s foreign intelligence office declined to comment, and a German government spokesperson declined to comment on the Der Spiegel reporting.
The German intercepts are not the first audio evidence that indicates Russian troops have engaged in the murder of civilians.
On Tuesday, the Security Service of Ukraine released a series of intercepted audio recordings that purport to reveal Russians receiving orders to kill civilians.
In one of the alleged intercepts, one soldier identifies what he describes as a car carrying two civilians.
“F**king kill them all, for f**k’s sake!” comes the reply.