At least three more such places have been found in the area, and there are burials in other liberated cities of the Kharkiv region, the MA reported.
The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine announced the completion of the exhumation of bodies at the mass grave site in Izyum, Kharkiv region – 447 bodies were lifted from the ground.
The press service of the UCP reported this.
“On September 16-23, 447 dead bodies were exhumed: 425 civilians from the mass grave in the forest near the Izyum metro station in the framework of criminal proceedings on the fact of violation of the laws and customs of war, involving premeditated murder (part 2 of article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). 447 dead bodies were exhumed: 425 civilians, including 5 children, and 22 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the message says.
As noted, for each exhumed body, investigators appointed forensic medical examinations.
“We are awaiting their results and will take all necessary measures to establish the circumstances of the death of people and punish the Russian military,” said Alexander Filchakov, head of the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office.
At the same time, the deceased have already been found to have bodily injuries in the form of mine-explosive injuries, shrapnel, gunshot, and stab wounds. Several of the dead had their hands tied, bones broken, and a number of the dead had a rope around their necks.
In turn, Oleg Sinegubov, chairman of the Kharkiv MA, added that such a mass grave is not the only one in Izyum.
“At least three more such places were found in this area; there are burials in other liberated cities of the Kharkiv region. Inspection and demining are now being carried out,” he wrote in Telegram.
- On September 10, the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated Izyum from the invaders. The self-proclaimed “mayor” of Izyum left the city even before the UAF began to take it.
- During the occupation, a total system of intimidation and terror of the local population operated in the city. 7 cemeteries were discovered there, where civilians and soldiers who died due to Russian aggression are buried.
- The invaders’ loss of control over Izyum is considered the most significant defeat of the Russian Federation after the Kyiv region was liberated from the invaders in the spring.