Ukraine is exhuming seven bodies of people allegedly killed by Russian forces

VORZEL, Ukraine: Ukrainian investigators on Monday (June 13) exhumed seven bodies from makeshift graves in a forest near Kyiv, and police said they were civilians killed by Russian forces during their occupation of the area had been.

The bodies were found outside the village of Vorzel, less than 10 kilometers from the city of Bucha, where Kyiv claims Russian troops occupying the area carried out systematic executions in an attempt to capture the capital. Russia denies that.

“This is another sadistic crime committed by the Russian army in the Kyiv region,” said Kyiv Region Police Chief Andriy Nyebytov on Facebook.

One of the exhumed bodies was that of a man in civilian clothes, around 40, Nyebytov told Reuters at the site of the graves.

“He has two injuries. He was shot in the knee with a gun. The second shot went into his temple,” he said.

The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Investigators said it would take time to positively identify the bodies because they were decomposed.

According to Ukraine, mass graves containing more than 400 bodies were found in April.

Russian officials have dismissed the mass graves in Bucha as a “fake” staged by Ukrainian authorities after Russian forces left the city in late March. Russia says it is not targeting civilians in what it calls a “special military operation“.

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