Izyum body with Ukrainian-flag wristband identified as Ukrainian soldier

20 September, 11:11 AM
Ukrainian defender Serhii Sova with his family (Photo:Regional information headquarters of Dnipropetrovsk/Facebook)

Ukrainian defender Serhii Sova with his family (Photo:Regional information headquarters of Dnipropetrovsk/Facebook)

A body exhumed from a mass grave site near the recently liberated town of Izymn in Kharkiv Oblast belonged to Serhiy Sova – a soldier from Ukraine’s 93rd Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Dnipropetrovsk regional information center said in a Facebook post on Sept. 19.

Sova’s body, which was still wearing a wristband in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag, was identified by his wife by its tattoos. A harrowing photo of the soldier’s wrist and bracelet circulated on social media following his body’s exhumation.

Sova, who was from Nikopol in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, had fought for the Ukrainian army since Russia started its invasion and war on the country in 2014.

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Sova’s older son Marat also recognized the body of his father, and subsequently wrote to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“This the arm of my father, Serhiy Oleksandrovych Sova, a warrior and fighter of the 93rd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Kholodnyi Yar, a Nikopol (Dnipropetrovsk Oblast) native, who fought for our freedom since 2014,” said Marat.

“(My) mother recognized my father by one of his tattoos, following the exhumation of bodies from the Izyum mass grave site.”

He asked to expedite the return of his father body, allowing the family to hold a proper burial.

Ukrainian law enforcement officials found a mass grave site near Izyum’s boundary on Sept. 15, where nearly 440 people – who apparently died during the Russian occupation of the city – were buried. According to Kharkiv Governor Oleh Synehubov, 90% of exhumed bodies bear marks of a violent death.

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