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A mass grave is said to have been found in the liberated city of Izyum


According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a mass grave was found in the eastern Ukrainian city of Izyum after the withdrawal of Russian troops. “Russia is leaving death everywhere and must be held responsible for it,” said Zelenskyy in a video speech on Thursday without giving any further details. A senior police officer reported finding more than 440 bodies in a forest.

“I can say that it is one of the largest burial grounds in the liberated areas,” Kharkiv Oblast Police Investigative Directorate Serhiy Bolvynov told Sky News. He announced that all bodies would be forensically examined. “Some died from artillery fire, others died from air raids,” Bolvinov said.

The investigations have begun, and the first findings should be available on Friday, according to the Ukrainian President. Journalists are to be taken to the mass grave this Friday. “We want the world to know what really happened and what the Russian occupation led to,” said Zelenskyy. Thousands of Russian soldiers fled Izjum last weekend. Zelenskyj visited Izyum on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian President blamed Russia for the dead and compared the discovery of the mass grave to events in February in Bucha, a suburb of the capital Kyiv. “Bucha, Mariupol and now, unfortunately, also Izyum: Russia leaves death everywhere and has to answer for it. The world must hold Russia to real responsibility for this war,” the head of state demanded.

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After the withdrawal of Russian troops in the spring from the Kiev suburb of Bucha and in numerous other places, including the port city of Mariupol, which was occupied by Moscow, Ukraine complained about the most serious war crimes. According to Ukrainian authorities, hundreds of civilians were killed in Bucha and thousands in Mariupol.

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