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UN sends mission to Izyum to probe mass graves

More than 400 graves were found in the city after the expulsion of the occupiers. 

UN sends mission to Izyum to probe mass graves
Photo: Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Telegram

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' office said today that it will send a team to Izyum to verify mass grave sites, Barrons informs.

The publication notes that after the expulsion of Russian occupiers, more than 400 graves were found there.

"Our colleagues in Ukraine are following up on these allegations, and they are aiming at organising a monitoring visit to Izyum to determine the circumstances of the death of these individuals," spokeswoman Elizabeth Throssell said.

CNN, citing its own sources, said that a team from the UN's human rights monitoring agency -- the OCHR -- would be going to Izyum and areas around it in the coming days. The War Crimes investigation team may follow after that.

Moscow was using Izyum as a launching pad for attacks southward into the Donetsk region and Kupyansk, some 48 kilometers (30 miles) to the north of Izyum, and as a rail hub to resupply its forces – the publication informs.

The russian military destroyed more than 70% of the buildings in Izyum. Several places where the occupiers committed war crimes were found. In the basement of one of the houses, they set up a torture chamber.


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