A mass grave with more than 440 bodies has been discovered in the Ukrainian city of Izium.
Izium was recaptured from Russian forces recently Serhiy Bolvinov, the chief police investigator for the Kharkiv region, told Sky News that forensic investigations would be carried out on everybody.
“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,” Bolvinov said.
“Some died because of artillery fire … some died because of air strikes,” he said.
Thousands of Russian troops fled Izium at the weekend. President Volodymyr Zelensky blamed Russia and likened the discovery to what happened in Bucha, on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv in the early stages of the late February invasion by Russian forces. Ukraine and its Western allies have accused the Russian forces of perpetrating war crimes there.
“Russia is leaving death behind it everywhere and must be held responsible,” Zelensky said in a video address.
Russia has repeatedly denied it targets civilians or has committed war crimes