Izyum, a city in eastern Ukraine that was just liberated from Russian rule, is said to have mass grave evidence, according to Ukraine.
More than 400 dead were reportedly buried there, according to regional police chief Volodymyr Tymoshko, who spoke to the BBC.
“Russia leaves death everywhere,” President Volodymyr Zelensky remarked, referring to other alleged mass graves discovered following the evacuation of Russian soldiers.
Previously, Ukrainian forces and their Western supporters were charged with war crimes. Putin disputes this.
The victims’ fate is still unknown, but some stories have stated that many may have passed away due to bombardment and a lack of access to treatment.
Additionally, there are indicators that suggest some of the tombs may house Ukrainian soldiers.
Exhumations, according to Mr. Tymoshko, will start on Friday to help determine the precise number of casualties in the city, which was occupied by Russia for more than five months.
Additionally, President Zelensky stated in a speech he gave late on Thursday that Ukrainian and foreign journalists would receive additional “clear, verified information” on Friday.
“We want the world to know what is really happening and what the Russian occupation has led to. Bucha, Mariupol, now, unfortunately, Izyum,” he said.
The Ukrainian leader was referring to purported mass graves discovered this spring in Bucha, close to Kyiv, the country’s capital, and also close to Mariupol, an important port presently seized by Russian forces.
The director of President Zelensky’s office, Andriy Yermak, tweeted a picture of the purported mass burial and added that more details would likely be released on Friday.
Izyum is largely in ruins; according to a local legislator, up to 80% of the town’s infrastructure has been destroyed, and bodies are constantly turning up amid the debris.
Earlier this month, a quick Ukrainian counter-offensive that looked to have startled Russian soldiers and left them ill-prepared to defend their positions resulted in the liberation of Izyum and a number of other cities in the Kharkiv region.
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of the country on February 24, Ukraine claims to have discovered more than 21,000 possible war crimes, including the murder of civilians and rape, committed by Russian forces.
In Bucha and other neighboring areas, investigators and journalists discovered what looked to be proof of the intentional slaughter of civilians.
According to Ukrainian soldiers, they discovered mass graves and proof that victims had been killed after having their hands and feet bound.
An investigation team from the International Criminal Court has already been dispatched to Ukraine to look into this.
Both former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden have charged Russia with committing war crimes in Ukraine.
Russian officials have frequently denied targeting civilians and charged the West and Ukraine with manufacturing evidence.