Two forensic scientists dig near a cross in a forest on the outskirts of Izyum, in eastern Ukraine, on September 16, 2022. Ukraine said on September 16, 2022 that it had counted 450 graves in just one burial site near Izyum after recapturing the town in eastern Ukraine. Russians.

A Ukrainian official in the eastern Kharkiv region said on Friday that 436 bodies were exhumed from a mass burial site near the city of Izyum in the east of the country, which was recaptured from Russian forces.

“The exhumation of bodies from the mass burial in Izyum is being completed today. A total of 436 bodies have been exhumed. Most of them have traces of violent death, and 30 have traces of torture. There are bodies with ropes around their necks, with their hands tied, with broken limbs and gunshot wounds.” – the governor of the Kharkiv region Oleg Sinegubav announced on social networks.

This month, Ukraine retook Izyum and other towns in the east of the country, severing supply routes from the Kremlin and issuing new claims of Russian atrocities with the discovery of hundreds of graves, some of which contained multiple bodies.

“Several men had their genitals amputated. All this testifies to what kind of terrible torture the invaders subjected the residents of Izyum,” Sinegubav added.

The Kremlin denies responsibility for the large-scale killings in eastern Ukraine and has accused Kyiv of faking the opening of mass graves in the recaptured territory.

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