A regional police commander has claimed that Ukrainian authorities have discovered a mass grave site in the eastern city of Izyum, which was recently retaken by Russian forces. The site was claimed to contain more than 440 bodies.
According to the information gathered from the Guardian, the mass grave site was uncovered a few days after retaking the territory from the occupying Russian soldiers.
The statement was released during the address to the nation on Thursday night by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
A spokesman from the regional police force stated that some of those killed had been the victims of air attacks or shelling.
” The necessary procedures have already begun there. More information clear, verifiable information should be available tomorrow, ” he said.
Journalists who visited the location confirmed that hundreds of graves were marked with wooden crosses throughout the forest.
According to the Associated Press news agency, a larger grave had a marker that contained the bodies of 17 Ukrainian soldiers.
It was reported that investigators were employing metal detectors in search of any concealed explosives.
According to statements made by Serhiy Bolvinov, the head police investigator for the Kharkiv region, to Sky News in the United Kingdom, ” I can say it is one of the largest burial sites in a big town in liberated [areas] 440 bodies were buried in one place.