In Izgom, Ukraine, after the liberation of Ukrainian troops and the departure of Russian troops, a temporary cemetery was found with 440 graves. Serhiy Polvinov, head of the police investigation department in the Kharkiv region, told Sky News. Photos and footage of wooden crosses in the forest were published by the station Nastojaščeje vremja, which was told about the discovery of the cemetery by the representative of missing persons Oleh Kotenko.




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Ukrainian police patrol near the wreckage in the liberated city of Izgum in the Kharkiv region as Russian attacks on Ukraine continue. | Photo: Gleb Garanish | Source: Reuters

Similar reports about the findings of hastily erected graves with civilian bodies or mass graves were also received from Ukraine in April after the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Kyiv region, from cities such as Buka and Irbin.


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According to the police chief, the authorities plan to exhume all the bodies from the Izgum cemetery and submit them for forensic examination. According to him, some of them have not yet been identified.

“It is really appalling and appalling to me. It is a crime against humanity. In the civilized world in 2022, this should not be the case,” Polvinov commented on the results.

The graves are marked by numbers

We know that some were killed, others died from artillery fire, from so-called mine blast wounds. And when asked how the buried people died, Polvinov answered, due to further air raids. He added that the exact cause of death will only be revealed through an investigation.

Commissioner for Missing Persons Kotenko told Nastojaščeje vremja station that some of the graves have nicknames, and some only numbers. Others have wreaths or a date of death.


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“When the city was bombed, people died in the streets. Funeral services did not know the type of people, but they accepted them and buried them in this cemetery,” Kotenko said. The commissioner added that the Russian occupation forces had previously published a video of the burial site.

“It was clear to us that we had to try to find the place after the liberation of the territory,” Kotenko explained. According to him, most of those buried were killed in artillery shelling.

The Ukrainian army recaptured Izgom in the Kharkiv region in northeastern Ukraine last week during its counterattack. This strategic city has been under the control of Russian forces since March. On Wednesday, President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the liberated Izgum and participated in the raising of the Ukrainian flag there.

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