Russia denies mass civilian killing
Last week, Ukraine uncovered a mass grave of over 440 people in the north-eastern city of Izyum that was recaptured as part of the operation.
Though it’s not confirmed it was Russian troops, Ukraine said it was further evidence of war crimes committed by Russian forces.
On Monday, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, said: “It’s a lie.”
Oleg Synegubov, governor of the Kharkiv region, said on Monday: “Some of the dead have signs of violent death, there are bodies with tied hands and traces of torture. The deceased were also found to have mine-explosive injuries, shrapnel and stab wounds.”
The vast majority of those found were said to be civilians, including many children.