Andriy Yermak, the chief-of-staff of the Office of the President of Ukraine, posted a photo of a mass grave containing the bodies of a six-year-old girl and her parents, who were murdered by Russian occupiers in Izyum, on his Telegram channel on Sept. 17.
“The Russians are killing entire Ukrainian families,” Yermak wrote.
“Izyum, Olesya, 6 years old. Killed by Russian terrorists. Her parents are buried nearby.”
On Sept. 16, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine published a photo of a newly-discovered mass grave in Izyum. Later that day, the President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke about more than 400 bodies found with signs of torture. The Ministry of Reintegration also suggested that the number of victims in Izyum could be higher than in Bucha, another formerly occupied town subjected to Russian atrocities.
The head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, Oleg Synehubov, said that the bodies exhumed from the mass grave in Izym bore signs of violent death and torture.
More evidence of war crimes and atrocities by the Russian invading and occupation forces are expected to be uncovered as Ukrainian liberation efforts throughout the country continue.