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‘Mass burial site containing 440 graves’ found in city liberated by Ukrainian forces

Sky News has learned that a mass burial ground with around 440 graves was discovered in Izyum, Ukraine. It was found after the city had been liberated from Russian rule.

Serhii Bolvinov is the chief investigator of Kharkiv’s police force. He said that all bodies would be exhumed in order to conduct forensic examinations as part of a large police operation.

He stated that the bodies were each buried at the temporary site.



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Image: The outlying areas of Izyum, eastern Ukraine. File pic

Since they began investigating the crimes committed in the Kharkiv region, police officers became aware of several other burial grounds. They were previously under Russian control for months but now belong to Ukraine, Mr Bolvinov stated.

The chief investigator spoke out about the Izyum site and stated that he could confirm that it contained one of the largest burials in a liberated city. It contains over 440 graves. Some 440 bodies were buried at one location.

Image Izyum was in territory recently reclaimed from Ukraine

When asked if he could give details about the deaths of victims, he replied: “We know some were shot dead, some died from artillery fire and some died from mine explosion traumas. Some were killed by airstrikes. We also have information that shows many bodies are still unknown. During the investigation, the causes of death will also be determined.”

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Bolvinov spoke about how the discovery had affected him.

He stated that he found it particularly shocking and horrifying and considered it a crime against humanity. It shouldn’t happen in a civilized world in 2022.

“This is such an awful story, and it’s very unpleasant from every angle. “I am certain that the evil will be punished.”

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