A “mass grave” was discovered in Izium, a city recaptured from the Russians a few days ago as part of the Ukrainian counter-offensive in the Kharkiv region, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday, without giving details on the number of people buried.
“We want the world to know what the Russian occupation has caused,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in his daily video address. The investigation has begun, “we must have more verified and clear information tomorrow,” he added.
Regional police official Sergiy Botvinov told Sky News that a burial site with around 440 bodies had been discovered in Izium. Some of the deceased were shot dead, others died in shelling, he added.
For his part, Volodymyr Zelensky compared Izium to the cities of Boutcha and Mariupol which became symbols of the atrocities of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Russia leaves death behind everywhere. And she must respond. The world really needs to hold Russia accountable for this war. We will do everything for that,” he said.
City of some 50,000 inhabitants before the war, Izioum had been the subject of deadly fighting in the spring before being taken by the Russian army, which made it a strategic supply node.