The bodies of 44 civilians were found on Tuesday (May 10th) in the rubble of a building destroyed in March in Izium, a Russian-held town in the Kharkiv region in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian authorities announced.
“Forty-four bodies of civilians were found in Izium […] in the rubble of a five-storey building destroyed during the first decade of March” by Russia, the governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleg Sinegooubov, said on Telegram.
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He added, quoted by Ukrainian media, that residents of the city were clearing the rubble “when there is no bombardment” while the area is still the center of many fights.
An investigation opened by the regional prosecutor’s office
The governor of the Kharkiv region did not specify under what conditions the bodies were collected or by whom, as the town of Izium and its surroundings were occupied by Russian troops who took the town on April 1, after several weeks fierce fighting.
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The Kharkiv region prosecutor’s office announced that it had opened an investigation into “violation of the laws and customs of war and premeditated murder”stating that 14 bodies had been identified.
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“According to the investigation, in the period from March 7 to March 10, 2022, the Russian army systematically shelled the city of Izium”says the press release from the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office.