The overwhelming majority of them are civilians, including two children. Some of the corpses show signs of unnatural death, there are bodies with tied hands and traces of torture
Syniehubow said in a Telegram announcement on Monday evening.
As he added, there are bodies in the graves with injuries from explosions, shrapnel, stab wounds and cuts.
All bodies are sent for additional examination in order to finally confirm the causes of death
– wrote Syniehubov.
Ukrainian authorities reported that after the liberation of the city, at least 445 graves of the victims of the Russian occupation had been found in the forest near Izium.
Some of the graves, it was reported, were signed, most were only numbered. The mass grave of 17 Ukrainian soldiers was also found. The exhumation is carried out to establish the causes of death for all deceased.
The prosecutor’s office had previously informed that 10 groups of investigators and prosecutors were working on the spot.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, the number of victims of Russian crimes in Izium may turn out to be higher than in Bucza and other towns near Kiev, which have so far been the most terrible symbol of the aggressor’s war crimes in Ukraine. It is about those crimes that were confirmed after the liberation of the territories. It is still impossible to determine the number of victims, incl. from Mariupol and Wołnowachy still under occupation.
Liberated as part of the Ukrainian counteroffensive, Izium was under Russian occupation from the beginning of April. On September 11, Ukrainian soldiers entered the city. Russian forces withdrew from the region under the pressure of the Ukrainian offensive.
Mer Iziumu said on Sunday that the exhumation of the bodies from the graves near Izium will take about two more weeks.
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