A “common grave” has been discovered in Izium, a city taken back to the Russians a few days ago following the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the region of Kharkiv (east), Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night.
“We want the world to know what caused the Russian occupation,” he said without providing details on the number of people buried or the causes of death. The inquiry has started “and we should have more verifiable and clear information tomorrow [Friday],” Zelensky added in his daily video message.
A regional police official, Serguii Botvinov, in turn indicated that a burial site with around 400 tombs was discovered in Izium.
Some were killed by bullets, others died in bombings, he added.
In turn, Zelensky compared Izium to the cities of Butcha and Mariupol, which became symbols of atrocities in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“Russia leaves death behind her and everywhere. And must answer. The world must hold Russia responsible for this war. We will do everything to make this happen,” he pointed out.
The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine has already caused the flight of more than 13 million people – more than six million internally displaced people and more than 7.2 million to European countries – according to the most recent data from the UN, which ranks this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since the Second World War (1939-1945).
The Russian invasion – justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security – was condemned by the generality of the international community, which has responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing it on Russia. of political and economic sanctions.
The UN presented as confirmed since the beginning of the war 5,827 dead civilians and 8,421 wounded, underlining that these numbers are far below the real ones.
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