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Ukraine Says Mass Grave in Territory Liberated from Russia Contains 400 Bodies

HeadlineSep 19, 2022

The United Nations has announced plans to investigate reports that mass graves have been discovered in the Kharkiv region in areas occupied by Russia until Ukraine’s recent counteroffensive. Liz Throssell, a spokesperson of the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, spoke on Friday.

Liz Throssell: “We have seen the reports about possible mass graves, or what we call collective graves. We’re aware of reports to which more than 400 bodies were found in a collective grave in Izium. Our colleagues in Ukraine, in the human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine, are following up on these allegations, and they are aiming at organizing a monitoring visit to Izium to determine the circumstances of the death of these individuals.”

During Ukraine’s recent counteroffensive, it recaptured about 3,400 square miles of land — that’s more land than Russia had captured over the past five months.

In other news on the war in Ukraine, Ukraine’s state nuclear agency says a Russian military strike has hit the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant. No damage was reported to the plant’s reactors. The facility is Ukraine’s second-largest nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency has approved a resolution demanding that Russia end its occupation of Zaporizhzhia, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.

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