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President Zelensky says two more burial sites found in liberated Izium
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President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine has discovered two more mass burial sites containing the bodies of hundreds of people in the northeastern town of Izium, which Kyiv recaptured from Russia this month.

Zelensky made his comment in an interview with CBS published late on Sunday in which he also called for sustained sanctions pressure on Russia, whose troops were routed in northeastern Ukraine in a lightning counteroffensive this month, Reuters reported, the Anews said.

Russian authorities did not immediately comment on Zelensky's assertion about the discovery of two more burial sites. Moscow regularly denies committing atrocities in the war in Ukraine or targeting civilians.

Zelensky said: "Today I received more information... They found two more mass graves, big graves with hundreds of people... We're talking about (the) little town of Izium."

"The sanctions need to continue. These sanctions will have political impact, as well as financial impact."

Exhumations are still underway in recently liberated Izium, Kharkiv Oblast. This is a long and complicated process, whereby all norms and legal procedures must be observed. As each marked grave is uncovered, criminologists, forensic experts, police officers and prosecutors record each detail, document each crime before the body is taken away. Experts say that two more weeks will be needed - Euromaidan Press

After the months-long Russian occupation, Ukrainian authorities uncovered a large burial site next to a cemetery in a wooded area in Izium earlier this month, and launched an investigation into the circumstances of the deaths.

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Last week, they finished exhuming the bodies of 436 people. The majority of them appeared to have died violent deaths and there were preliminary indications that 30 of them had been tortured, the regional governor said.

It is worthy to note that seventeen soldiers were also exhumed from a mass grave at the site.

Source: anews