Russia on the mass grave in Izium: A lie

Russia on the mass grave in Izium A lie

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The Kremlin is fighting back against accusations that Russia has committed war crimes in the Kharkiv region, writes Reuters.

Hundreds of bodies have been found in a mass grave in Izium and several of the dead bear signs of torture, according to the region’s governor.

– This is the same scenario as in Butja. It is a lie, says Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman.

The information about the mass grave outside the city of Izium in the Kharkiv region shook the whole world. According to Governor Oleg Synegubov, several of the bodies bear traces of torture and a violent death.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyi has stated that there were bodies with their hands tied behind their backs in the mass grave, and accuses Russia of war crimes.

Now the Kremlin is hitting back against Zelenskyi’s accusations, reports Reuters.

– This is the same scenario as in Butja. It is a lie and of course we will defend the truth of this story, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

fullscreen Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

Could be worse than Butja

The mass grave was discovered last week after Ukrainian forces retook large parts of the region. Over 400 bodies have been found and the majority of the bodies are said to have been civilians, according to Ukrainian authorities.

Russia has previously rejected claims that Russian troops committed war crimes in Butja outside Kyiv. After Russian military retreated from Butja, it emerged that over 400 bodies were found in mass graves and on the streets of the city, according to AP.

full screen Over 400 bodies have been found in mass graves and on streets in the city, according to AP. Photo: Evgeniy Maloletka / AP

According to Ukrainian official Oleg Kotenko, the devastation in Izium may be greater than that which hit Butja.

– The harsh reality points to the fact that the number of dead in Izium may be many, many more than the victims in the Butja tragedy, he states.

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