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Mass graves found in liberated Izyum city in Ukraine

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Ukraine says hundreds of graves have been found outside Izyum, days after it was re-taken from Russia.

BBC reports that Wooden crosses, most of them marked with numbers, were discovered in a forest outside the city by advancing Ukrainian forces.

The head of Ukraine’s national police service Ihor Klymenko on Friday said most of the bodies belonged to civilians.

Klymenko told a news conference that although soldiers were also believed to be buried there, none had been found so far.

Authorities said they would start exhuming some of the graves on Friday.

Authorities in Ukraine had previously told the BBC more than 400 bodies were thought to be buried at the site.

The UN says it hopes to send a monitoring team to the city in the coming days.

Writing Hadiza Abdulrahman, Editing by Omotola Oguneye