Ukrainian soldiers patrol the streets of the city of Izium after the retreat of Russian Forces as the Russo-Ukrainian war continues in Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine on September 14, 2022.
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White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said his Ukrainian counterparts told him mass graves discovered in Izium, Ukraine, after Russian forces were ejected, were in some ways “worse” ” compared with the graves discovered in Bucha in April.
Sullivan said he was briefed on the situation Tuesday morning while speaking to Ukraine’s Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak.
“He gave me a report on what the Ukrainians had discovered around Izium, and he said quite frankly: He said that this was in some ways worse than Bucha, and we’ll see. more of these as we proceed, when Ukraine is not occupied. towns were previously occupied by the Russians. We are finding more and more evidence of these acts of mass atrocities.”
More than 440 bodies, including civilians and children, have been found in Izium since Russian troops withdrew from the city earlier this month. Police found a mass grave on Friday with the bodies of 17 Ukrainian soldiers. Many suffered broken bones, hands tied behind their backs and other signs of torture.
“We will work with the international community through every mechanism available to hold Russia accountable for this,” Sullivan said at a news conference on Tuesday.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address on Saturday, investigators discovered more than 10 torture chambers in the liberated areas of the Kharkiv region.
The Russian embassy in Washington, D.C., did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.