Apparently 440 bodies found in mass grave in Izyum

NAfter the withdrawal of Russian troops is the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy According to reports, a "mass grave" was found in the eastern Ukrainian city of Izyum in the Kharkiv region. "The necessary procedural actions have already begun there," said the head of state in a video message distributed in Kyiv on Thursday. More information should be available this Friday. According to the Internet newspaper Ukrajinska Pravda, the head of the police investigation agency in the Kharkiv region, Serhiy Bolvynov, also spoke of a "mass grave" in a forest in Izyum, in which more than 440 bodies were found.

The Russians had the area on Saturday, according to information Kyiv fled after a counter-offensive by the Ukrainian forces. The Defense Ministry in Moscow had spoken of a "regrouping" of its troops, while even sources close to the Kremlin spoke of a devastating defeat.

Zelenskyj visited Izyum on Wednesday. Journalists are to be brought to the city this Friday. "We want the world to know what really happened and what the Russian occupation led to," Zelensky said. “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.”

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

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