From March to September 2022, Izium in the Kharkiv region was under Russian occupation. During this time, Russians and mercenaries tortured and buried hundreds of Ukrainians in mass graves. After the liberation of the town, were found several mass graves with civilians of all sexes, ages and statuses: infants, children (7 victims), women (212), men (198), elderly people. Only a small proportion of the 451 killed 22 — Ukrainian soldiers, and the rest are civilians.
"During the examination of the exhumed bodies, experts found gunshot wounds in 15 victims, explosive injuries in 87, signs of torture in at least 15 (in particular, they were found with their hands tied, ropes around their necks), in 23 — fractures of the jaws, bones of the head, hands, ribs," spokesman of the Kharkiv regional prosecutor's office, Dmytro Chubenko.
The exhumation of the bodies was completed on September 16, 2022. 1 year later, 57 bodies still could not be identified. The relatives of those killed will never be able to say the last goodbye to them.