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Volodymyr Zelensky promises “terribly just punishment” for those responsible for the crimes committed in Izium

Cover image: Ukrainian forensic scientists clear a grave in a forest on the outskirts of Izium where hundreds of bodies were discovered, according to kyiv authorities, September 16, 2022. SERGEY BOBOK / AFP

  • Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskydenounced, Friday, September 16, the crimes of an army of “torturers” after the discovery of hundreds of bodies summarily buried in a forest on the outskirts of Izium, a town in eastern Ukraine recaptured from the Russians last week. In a video posted on Telegram, he promised “a terribly just punishment” those responsible for the alleged crimes.
  • According to the governor of Kharkiv oblast, Oleh Synehoubovthese are in total “four hundred and fifty bodies of civilians bearing traces of violent death and torture” who were buried at this site. “There were also [corps d’]children “ among those who were exhumed during the day by the “two hundred agents and experts” who work on the site, he added.
  • Russia is acting “appalling way and it shows and repeats (…). We see what she leaves in her wake., commented in Washington the American Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said to himself “deeply shocked” wheras’Emmanuel Macron condemned “with the greatest firmness the atrocities committed in Izium, Ukraine, under Russian occupation”.
  • For his part, thehe Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has announced that it wants to send a team to Izioum for “determine the circumstances of the death of these people”.
  • Present alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin for a regional summit in Uzbekistan, thehe Turkish head of state, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has called for an end to the conflict in Ukraine ” as quickly as possible “while the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, underlined that the hour was not “not at war”.
  • On the front, fighting and shelling continued. In the east, separatist authorities in Luhansk announced the death of a local pro-Russian prosecutor and his deputy, killed by an explosion.
  • In Kharkiv Oblast, twelve people were injured in Russian bombardments “massive” in areas recently taken over by the Ukrainians, as well as four people in the city of Kharkiv itself, according to regional authorities.

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