At the beginning of the occupation of Izyum, the Russians did not allow the burial of the dead

In the early days of the occupation of Izyum in the Kharkiv region, the Russian military forbade the locals to bury the dead people, but then they gave permission because it was difficult to carry the bodies into the forest.

Source: French newspaper “Le Monde” with reference to the worker of the Izyum ritual service Vitaly

Details: During a demining operation in a pine forest in the vicinity of Izyum, liberated by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 445 individual graves were discovered.

Vitaliy, 55, who has been providing funeral services in Izyum since 2004, told reporters that he and 9 colleagues alone have buried about 750 bodies over the past six months, including 445 in a mass grave.

This is 5 times more funerals than there were in peacetime. According to Vitaly, all but a few of the dead were civilians.

Vitaly recalled that after the start of the full-scale invasion in February and the bombing, the streets were “full of corpses.” 114 bodies were found after shelling two houses near the river in mid-March.

“At first, the invaders forbade us to bury someone, they said that they would do it themselves,” Vitaly said.

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