Ukrainian officials said they found a mass burial site with 440 bodies, mainly of civilians, in a northeastern city recaptured from Russian forces, calling it proof of war crimes carried out by the invaders in territory they had occupied for months.
“Russia is leaving death behind it everywhere and must be held responsible,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a video address overnight.
The site in the former Russian front-line stronghold of Izium would be the biggest mass burial found in Europe since the aftermath of the 1990s Balkan wars.
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A mass burial was recently found near the liberated city of Izyum.
There lay bodies of presumably 17 Ukrainian soldiers and hundreds of graves in most cases only marked by numbers, – Oleg Kotenko, Commissioner for Missing Persons under Special Circumstances
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