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Zelensky says ‘torture chambers’ where civilians were abused within Kharkiv region

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sept. 8, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that Ukraine has found torture chambers where civilians were abused in regions of the Kharkiv region recently liberated from Russian occupation.

Zelensky said within an address that officials found premises where civilians were kept, including seven citizens of the Republic of Sri Lanka who have been students at the Kupyansk Medical College. The band of Sri Lankan citizens are actually receiving health care, Zelensky added.

This occurs the heels of Zelenskys announcement on Thursday that Ukraine had foundanother mass burial site near Izyum, with an increase of than 440 graves. Zelensky noted on Friday that there is evidence that Russian soldiers shot at the buried simply for fun.

Russia has repeated in Izium what it did in Bucha, Zelensky said. And today we’ve just begun to understand the entire truth in what was happening in Kharkiv region in those days.

Mass burial sites were within Bucha, a town north of Kyiv, after Russian forces withdrew from the region earlier this season. Ukrainian troops have recovered a lot more than 2,000 square kilometers of territory seized by Russia in the war since launching a significant counteroffensive at the start of the month, including Izyum, which Ukraine liberated the other day.

The US said on Friday that it plans to send investigators to Izyum to look at the mass burial site, a move that Zelensky commended.

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