A mission team from the UN’s human rights monitoring agency is planning to visit the site of a recently-discovered mass grave in the liberated town of Izyum in Kharkiv Oblast, CNN reported on Sept. 16, citing a source at the UN.
The source said that the mission will leave for Izyum as soon as possible. After that, an investigative group, aimed at looking into possible war crimes, may also visit the region.
On Sept. 15, reports of a mass grave in a forest belt in Izyum began to gain prominence in national headlines, with the head of the Kharkiv Region Police Investigation Department, Serhiy Bolvinov, saying that about 440 graves were found at that site.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that legal proceedings on the matter have already begun, and Ukrainian and international journalists will come to the town.
“We want the world to know what is really happening and what the Russian occupation has led to,” the president said.
“Bucha, Mariupol, now, unfortunately, Izyum… Russia leaves death everywhere.”
Izyum City Council deputy Maksym Strelnyk said earlier that during the Russian occupation in Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, at least 1,000 civilians were killed, and more than 80% of the town’s infrastructure was destroyed.