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Ukrainian authorities have discovered a mass grave containing more than 440 bodies in the northeastern city of Izyum, which was captured by Russian forces days ago.

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This was reported by a representative of the regional police, adding that some of the people were killed in shelling and airstrikes, Reuters reported.

However, Reuters could not verify Ukraine's claim and there was no immediate public comment from Russia on the claim.

Zelensky took part in the raising of the state flag in the liberated city of Izyum and declared: We are moving in only one direction - forward and towards victory

President Volodymyr Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky is a Ukrainian artist, screenwriter, producer and politician. Volodymyr (sometimes) who made a surprise visit to Izyum on Wednesday to greet Ukrainian troops, blamed Russia and compared the discovery to what happened in Bucha, on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv in the early stages of the late February invasion by Russian forces.

Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russian forces of committing war crimes there.

Tens of thousands of civilians may have been killed in a separate Russian attack on the southern port of Mariupol, Ukrainian officials said in April.

"Russia leaves death in its wake everywhere and must be held accountable," Zelensky said in a video address late Thursday.

Russia has denied attacking civilians or committing war crimes.

Izyum is a town in the southern part of Kharkiv Oblast, which the Russian army captured in early April.

The city had great strategic importance for the advance of Russian troops in the Donetsk region.

On September 10, Ukrainian troops entered there during a large-scale counteroffensive.

The Russian army said it had withdrawn its troops from the city as a result of "regrouping".

The capture of Izyum by Ukrainian units likely impaired the ability of Russian forces to launch artillery strikes along the Izyum-Slavyansk highway.

The Ukrainian General Staff noted that Russian forces did not launch artillery strikes in the direction of Slavyansk on September 12, possibly referring to settlements northwest of Slavyansk on the E40 highway.

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