Ukraine: The UN wants to investigate in Izioum, civilians mostly in the mass grave

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GENEVA/KYIV (Reuters) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is planning to send observers to the Ukrainian town of Izium where a mass grave was discovered, according to Kyiv authorities.

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky said on Thursday evening that around 440 graves had been unearthed in the eastern Ukrainian town recaptured from Russian occupation forces. Kyiv evokes a war crime.

Ukraine’s police chief Ihor Klimenko told a news conference on Friday that early evidence from the investigation showed most of the victims were civilians.

Observers “plan to go there to determine more precisely what happened,” said Liz Throssell, spokeswoman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at a press briefing in Geneva.

She said she could not confirm whether they were separate graves or a mass grave.

(Report Emma Farge, Max Hunder, French version Alizée Degorce, edited by Sophie Louet)

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