A “mass grave” was discovered in Izium, the city recaptured from Russian troops over the weekend amid Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region (east), Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian president denounced on Thursday night the discovery of “a mass burial of people in Izium”, a city that the Ukrainian Army recovered from the hands of Russian forces in recent days.
“We want the world to know what the Russian occupation has caused,” he said, without giving details on the number of people buried or the causes of their deaths. The investigation has begun, “we must have more verified and clear information tomorrow,” Zelensky added.
Regional police officer Sergiy Botvinov told Britain’s Sky News that a burial site containing hundreds of people, with around 440 graves, had been discovered in the city of Izium. Some of the deceased were shot dead, others died in the bombings, according to the testimony.
For his part, Zelensky compared Izium to the cities of Bucha and Mariupol, which have become symbols of the atrocities of war.
“Russia is leaving death behind everywhere. And it must respond. The world really needs to hold Russia accountable for this war. We are going to do everything we can for that,” Trump said.
The White House approved another 600 million dollars in military aid for Ukraine
Washington gave the green light for an additional $600 million in military assistance to Ukraine, according to a White House statement. This assistance consists of equipment and services, but also training, according to the US Executive.
Among the shipments are High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), night vision goggles, Claymore mines, mine clearance kits, 105mm artillery and 155mm precision guided artillery, according to the Pentagon.
So far, the White House has sent some 15.1 billion dollars in military aid to the European country since the war in Ukraine began.
Pope Francis would justify military aid
Asked by a journalist if it was morally correct for certain countries to supply weapons to Ukraine, invaded by Russia on February 24, Pope Francis responded Thursday that it is “a political decision that can be moral.”
The pope recalled the principles of what the Catholic Church has called a “just war,” which authorizes the proportionate use of lethal weapons for a country that wants to defend itself from an aggressor.
In the press conference, given on the plane that was bringing him back from a trip to Kazakhstan, the pontiff also urged Ukraine to be ready for a dialogue with Russia.
With AFP and Reuters