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%”,”text”:”99%”}}”>99% bodies exhumed on Friday in a forest on the outskirts of Izium, a town in eastern Ukraine retaken from the Russians last week, showed signs of violent deathregional governor Oleg Synegoubov said in the evening.

There are several bodies with their hands tied behind their backs and one person is buried with a rope around their neck. Obviously, these people were tortured and executedhe said on Telegram.

According to him, these are in totalbodies of civilians bearing signs of violent death and torture”,”text”:”450bodies of civilians bearing signs of violent death and torture”}}”>450 bodies of civilians bearing traces of violent death and torture who were buried at this site. There were also children among the bodies exhumed during the day by theagents and experts”,”text”:”200agents and experts”}}”>200 agents and experts who work on the site, he added.

The President of Ukraine, in a video broadcast on Telegram, promised an awfully just punishment those responsible for the alleged crimes.

Russia leaves only death and suffering. Murderers. Torturers. Deprived of all that is human. »

A quote from Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine
Crosses at a burial site.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday compared the discovery of these graves to that made in Boutcha.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP / JUAN BARRETO

Ukrainian human rights official Dmytro Loubinets, for his part, claimed on Telegram that there wasUkrainian citizens tortured and killed in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region”,”text”:”probably more than 1000Ukrainian citizens tortured and killed in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region”}}”>probably more than 1000 Ukrainian citizens tortured and killed in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region.

Russia is acting appalling way and it is seen and repeated […]. We see what she leaves in her wakecommented in Washington the head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken.

The European Union has also declared itself deeply shocked.

Russia, its political leaders and all those implicated in the continued violations of international law and international humanitarian law in Ukraine will be held to accountsaid the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, in a press release.

On the ground, near Izium, Ukrainian investigators began Friday to exhume bodies in a forest where 443 graves were discovered, including a pit containing the bodies of 17 Ukrainian soldiers.

One grave bore a cross with the inscription:people. Izium, from the morgue”,”text”:”Ukrainian army, 17 people. Izioum, from the morgue”}}”>Ukrainian army, 17 people. Izioum, from the morgue, according to AFP journalists on the spot. Men in white coveralls were digging in the sandy soil.

On the same site, an AFP journalist was able to see at least one body with its hands tied with a rope, without being able to immediately establish whether it was a civilian or a soldier, the body being too damaged.

The bodies will be sent for autopsy to determine the exact cause of deathstressed Governor Synegoubov.

In Ukraine, authorities said they had discovered hundreds of graves and mass graves near the town of Izium, liberated earlier this week. A horror scenario reminiscent of the martyr cities of Boutcha and Mariupol. The story of Lise Villeneuve.

Each death will be investigated and become evidence of Russia’s war crimes in international courts. »

A quote from Oleg Synegoubov, governor of the Izium region

The scale of the crimes committed in Izium is enormoushe underlined, denouncing a bloody and brutal terror.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations immediately indicated that it wanted to send a team to Izioum to determine the circumstances of the death of these people.

Ukrainian police chief Igor Klymenko announced the discovery of 10 torture rooms in localities recaptured from the Russians in the Kharkiv region, including 6 in Izium and 2 in the town of Balakliïa.

Russian forces have been accused of numerous abuses in areas under their control, including Boutcha, on the outskirts of kyiv, where the bodies of coldly executed civilians were discovered after their withdrawal at the end of March. Moscow denies that its soldiers committed these atrocities.

Pressure mounts on Moscow

Two people digging.

A grave containing the bodies of 17 Ukrainian soldiers was also discovered.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP / JUAN BARRETO

On the diplomatic level, present alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin for a regional summit in Uzbekistan, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an end to the conflict in Ukraine as quickly as possiblewhile Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that the time was not not at war.

After meeting his Chinese counterpart and ally Xi Jinping on Thursday, Mr. Putin first assured that he wanted to finish as soon as possible the war, accusing kyiv of refuse any negotiation process.

Russia is under pressure to end the conflict in Ukraine, commented the head of American diplomacy after these exchanges in Samarkand (Uzbekistan).

I believe what we are hearing from China and India reflects concerns around the world about the impact of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, not just for the Ukrainian people.underlined Antony Blinken.

But Mr Putin then indicated that his army’s offensive would continue in Ukraine. The plan does not require change […] We are not in a hurryhe said on Friday.

Moscow also suffered a setback Friday at the United Nations, whose members allowed Volodymyr Zelensky to speak by video message at the Annual General Assembly next week.

Ukrainian authorities said they discovered nearly 400 graves in a forest on the outskirts of the city.

Ukrainian authorities said they discovered nearly 400 graves in a forest on the outskirts of the city.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP / JUAN BARRETO

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The fighting escalates

On the front, fighting and shelling continued.

In the east, separatist authorities in Luhansk announced the death of a local pro-Russian prosecutor and his deputy, killed by an explosion. Pro-Russian authorities have reported other attacks against occupation cadres in southern Ukraine.

In the Kharkiv region, 12 people were injured in Russian shelling massive in areas recently taken over by the Ukrainians, and 4 more people in the city of Kharkiv itself, according to regional authorities.

The Ukrainian presidency reported position fights in the region of Luhansk, while in that of Donetsk, Russian bombardments, in particular on Bakhmout, caused five deaths and six injuries.

On the southern front, where the Ukrainian forces meet more resistance than in Kharkiv, the situation remains difficultaccording to the same source.

Ukrainian soldiers on a battle tank.

Ukrainian soldiers

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After the invasion launched on February 24, the West took a series of sanctions against Russia while providing arms to kyiv, a crucial support, for which Washington validated Thursday a new component of 600 million dollars .

Visiting kyiv, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised on Thursday that theEU will stand with Ukraine as long as it takesthen pleading on television in favor of an appearance of Russian President Vladimir Putin before international justice.

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