War in Ukraine. What do we know about the gruesome discoveries in the Izioum area?

The horrors of war. After the Russian army recaptured several territories in the north-east of the country, Ukrainian forces have made gruesome discoveriesSome of them were noticed by journalistsAFP. We take stock.

Zelensky talks about a “mass grave” in Izium

On the evening of Thursday, September 15, Volodymyr Zelensky announced only one A pauper’s grave Found in IzioumA strategic city with a population of 50,000 before the recent recapture of Ukraine.

Tomorrow (Friday) Ukrainian and international journalists will arrive in Izium. We want the world to know what is really happening and what the Russian aggression has led to. Boucha, Mariupol, now, unfortunately, Izium…The Ukrainian president continues without further details.

Since the beginning of the war, Russian forces have been accused of numerous abuses in areas under their control Especially in Bautza on the outskirts of Kew, after their withdrawal at the end of March, the bodies of the coldly executed citizens were found. Moscow denies committing these atrocities.

Journalists discovered hundreds of graves

Friday, reportersAFP Observe on the spot Hundreds of graves in a forest on the outskirts of Izioum. According to local authorities, a total of 443 tombs have been discovered at the site.

Oleg Kotenko, a government official searching for the missing, said the excavations were carried out during the war, when the city was captured by Russian forces in March and during the Russian occupation that ended last week. Some graves may contain multiple bodies.

A family with a small child is buried there. They were killed and there are witnesses from the same building who saw what happened and buried these people here, Oleg Kotenko repeats. According to him, Graves without names are (found) graves of people on the street.

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At least one body has been exhumed with bound hands. It was not immediately clear whether it was a civilian or a soldier, the body was badly damaged, the journalist said.AFP.

A mass grave where many soldiers were buried was also discovered. We think there are 16 or 17 bodies. We will now exhume them for autopsy in Cork where DNA tests will be carried outsays a government official.

“Torture Chambers” in the Kharkiv Region

Ukrainian police chief Igor Klymenko told him about Ten’s discovery Torture chambers In the areas recovered from the Russians in the Kharkiv region. Six of them are located in Isium and two in the city of Palaglia.

UN to send a team

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights indicated that it wanted to send immediately Soon A team at Izioum.

Our colleagues in Ukraine, Human Rights Watch in Ukraine, are verifying these allegations and aim to organize a visit to Isium to determine the circumstances of the death of these individuals. Found in this city, the usual UN in Geneva.

The spokesperson explained that when mass graves are found, it is important to check whether they are soldiers or civilians, whether they were killed or died in combat or lack of medical care due to natural causes.

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