In a grotesque reminder of the human price of Russia’s invasion, most of the bodies confirmed indicators of a violent loss of life, mentioned Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv area army administration.
“There are bodies with a rope around the neck, with hands tied, with broken limbs and with gunshot wounds. Several men had their genitals amputated,” Syniehubov mentioned in a Telegram submit on Friday.
“All this is evidence of the terrible torture to which the occupiers subjected the residents of Izium.”
Syniehubov added that the majority of the bodies had been civilians and solely 21 had been army.
Izium, which sits close to the border between the Kharkiv and Donetsk areas of Ukraine, was topic to intense Russian artillery assaults in April earlier than it was occupied. It then turned an essential hub for the invading army throughout 5 months of occupation.
While Ukraine’s offensive efficiently regained 1000’s of sq. miles of territory, it additionally uncovered proof of the horrors suffered by civilians and troopers by the hands of Russian troops.
Syniehubov mentioned this wasn’t the one mass burial floor that had been found. There are not less than three extra in different liberated areas of the Kharkiv area, he mentioned.
He added that every of the bodies recovered has a separate story, and he vowed to search out out the circumstances of every of their deaths “so that their relatives and friends know the truth and the killers are punished.”
“All crimes of the occupiers will be documented, and the perpetrators will pay for what they have done,” Syniehubov mentioned.
He thanked the 200 individuals — together with forensic consultants, cops, and staff of the State Emergency Service — who had been working there on a regular basis for his or her “morally difficult but necessary work.”