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Izium: Mass burial site discovered in city in Ukraine liberated from Russian forces

Izium: Mass burial site discovered in city in Ukraine liberated from Russian forces

The Ukrainian leader confirmed the discovery in Izium in the east of his country in his nightly address on Thursday.

“A mass grave of people was found in Izium in the Kharkiv region. The necessary procedures have already begun there. More information – clear, verifiable information – should be available tomorrow,” he said.

A senior investigator for Ukrainian police in the region Sky News that a site containing at least 440 bodies was discovered near the city, describing the grave as “one of the largest burial sites in any one liberated city”.

Sergei Bolvinov told the broadcaster: “We know that some (of the people buried in the pit) were shot, some died from artillery fire, from so called mine-explosion traumas. Some died from air strikes. Also, we have information that a lot of bodies have not been identified yet,” Mr Bolvinov said.

He said officers were also aware of a number of other sites elsewhere in the Kharkiv region.


Ukraine’s deputy interior minister, Yevhen Enin said bodies retrieved in the region showed evidence of torture.

The Associated Press saw a burial site in a forest outside Izium on Thursday. Amid the trees were hundreds of graves with simple wooden crosses, most of them marked only with numbers. A larger grave bore a marker saying it contained the bodies of 17 Ukrainian soldiers.

Izium resident Sergei Gorodko said that among the hundreds buried in individual graves were dozens of adults and children killed in a Russian airstrike on an apartment building.


He said he pulled some of them out of the rubble “with my own hands.”

An image released by Mr Zelensky’s chief of staff showed many wooden crosses jutting up from mounds in the earth, surrounded by trees.

Mr Zelensky, in his nightly address, invoked the names of other Ukrainian cities where authorities said retreating Russian troops left behind mass civilian graves and evidence of possible war crimes.

“Bucha, Mariupol, now, unfortunately, Izium. … Russia leaves death everywhere. And it must be held accountable for it. The world must bring Russia to real responsibility for this war,” he said.

Izium was retaken in a counter-attack by Ukrainian forces in the east of the country that has seen the recapture of more than 2,000 square miles of territory from Vladimir Putin’s forces this month.

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