Ukrainian authorities found evidence of war crimes in Kherson after recapturing the key southern city this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday.
“Investigators have already documented more than 400 Russian war crimes, the bodies of civilians and military are found,” Zelenskyy said in a speech.
“In the Kherson region, the Russian army has left behind the same atrocities as other regions of our country, where it was able to enter”.
Russian forces took Kherson, a major industrial center on the Dnieper River, in the early days of the war as they pushed north from the Crimean peninsula.
Ukrainian soldiers have been challenging the Russians in the area for months, first with acts of sabotage and more recently with a full-blown counter-offensive that allowed them to retake the city this week.
WITH THE WITHDRAWAL OF RUSSIA FROM KHERSON, RUSSIA AND UKRAINE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO NEGOTIATE PEACE
Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson marks a serious setback for Putin, who moved to annex the region a few weeks ago.
Evidence of war crimes was uncovered in other parts of Ukraine when Russian soldiers withdrew.
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Hundreds of Ukrainian civilians were found murdered in Bucha, Ukraine after Russia withdrew from the Kiev suburb in April. In the eastern city of Izyum, a mass grave with several combustion pits containing around 1,100 partially burned bodies was discovered in September.