The northern city of Izium has reportedly become the most recent spot where the Russians have left behind mass graves, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
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In the newly reclaimed Kharkiv region, Zelenskyy said on Thursday that Ukrainian officials had discovered a mass grave site close to the town of Izium.
Zelenskyy stated in his nightly televised speech, “Bucha, Mariupol, and now, sadly, Izium,” adding that confirmation will probably occur on Friday. The world has to make Russia take true responsibility for this conflict because “Russia leaves dead everywhere, and it must be held accountable for it.”
The location was reportedly seen by AP journalists on Thursday in a forest west of Izium. A monument at a mass grave stated that it had the remains of 17 Ukrainian servicemen. It was surrounded by several individual graves marked solely by crosses.
According to Sky News in Britain, a trench containing more than 440 victims was discovered near Izium after the Russians were forced out, according to Sergei Bolvinov, a top investigator for the Ukrainian police in the Kharkiv area. One of the greatest burial places in a single freed city, according to him, was the grave.
Turning point in the Ukraine War: Ukraine wins territory and confidence as Russia concedes defeat in Kharkiv
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In an effort to strengthen Kyiv’s counteroffensive with some of the same weaponry that have helped Kyiv beat Russian soldiers in sections of the east and south, the Biden administration announced that it will provide additional $600 million in military aid to Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, was hit by another car early on Thursday after visiting a battlefield, although he wasn’t seriously hurt, according to his spokeswoman.
According to the spokeswoman, the driver of the other car got first aid and was transported away in an ambulance.
As Zelenskyy met with Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, on Thursday to underscore the EU’s support for Ukraine, air raid sirens went off twice in Kyiv.
The 35-nation Board of Governors of the U.N. atomic agency passed a resolution on Thursday urging Russia to stop its siege of the Ukrainian nuclear power station in Zaporizhzhia, where recent shelling of the facility and surrounding communities has raised concerns about a potential radiation disaster.
The NBA champion Golden State Warriors’ star guard Stephen Curry said that his “contacts in the Biden administration spurned an offer to help” the campaign to release WNBA star Brittney Griner from Russian imprisonment.
Near Kharkiv, Russians run to the border
As the boom of the Ukrainian military’s weapons grew closer to the border on Thursday, tensions were mounting in Russian settlements that border the Kharkiv area.
Residents of one border village were hurt, according to the governor of Russia’s Belgorod region, and another community’s private homes, farm structures, and electricity lines suffered some damage. Additionally, Vyacheslav Gladkov gave the order to evacuate many communities.
This month, Ukraine has recaptured more than 300 villages and towns along hundreds of kilometres. Russian forces fleeing the Ukrainian advance, according to the Ukraine Defense Ministry, are congregating at the Belgorod border, where other Russian troops are preventing them from entering.
They don’t communicate with the command, according to a statement from the ministry. “There is no ammo or food supplies.”
After working for Russian governments, several citizens of Ukrainian villages migrated to Belgorod, only for the Russians to forsake the Ukrainian towns. Now that the Ukrainian government views them as traitors, they worry about retaliation.
At the White House, Biden will meet with Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner’s family.
According to the Associated Press, who cited senior administration sources, President Joe Biden will meet separately with the family of WNBA star Brittney Griner and Michigan security businessman Paul Whelan on Friday at the White House.
The two Americans who are being kept hostage in Russia and are deemed by the American government to have been “wrongfully imprisoned” will be able to speak with the president for the first time in person during this meeting.
The Biden administration claimed in July that it had put up a “serious plan” to return them to their home countries in exchange for other prisoners, but such efforts have so far been ineffective.
Since February, Griner has been detained in Russia on drug-related allegations. She entered a guilty plea and was given a nine-year jail sentence last month. She has since appealed the conviction. Due to espionage-related allegations that he and his family claim are untrue, Whelan is currently serving a 16-year sentence. This week, Bill Richardson, a former American ambassador to the UN, went to Moscow to talk for their release.
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Putin recognises China’s “concerns” over the conflict in Ukraine
In a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognised Beijing had “questions and worries” over Moscow’s conflict in Ukraine.
In some instances, the Russian withdrawal from the Kharkiv region, where Ukrainian forces have been consolidating newly reclaimed ground, was orderly, but in other instances, the troops “fled in apparent panic,” according to a British Ministry of Defense intelligence report.
The ministry concluded that the Russians’ abandoning of important equipment “necessary to allow Russia’s artillery-centric style of combat” is indicative of “localised failures in command and control.”