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187 bodies already exhumed in Lyman

Monday, 17 October 2022, 15:58
187 bodies already exhumed in Lyman

IRYNA BALACHUK — MONDAY, 17 OCTOBER 2022, 15:58

Law enforcement officers have already exhumed 187 bodies at the mass burial site of those killed by the occupiers in the city of Lyman. Among them are 35 military personnel and 152 civilians.

Source: The Spokesperson for the National Police in Donetsk Oblast, Oleksandra Havrylko, during a briefing at the Media Centre Ukraine/Ukrinform on 17 October

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Quote from Havrylko: "Exhumation work is still underway in Lyman; the investigation is being conducted. According to preliminary information, 35 military personnel were exhumed; the body of one of them was found in a separate grave in the middle of the city, and 152 civilians [were exhumed - ed.]. Also, about 40 graves remain unexamined; access to them is complicated."

Details: Oleksandra Havrylko added that 10-15 people can be exhumed in one day.

Preliminary results of an examination of exhumed bodies show that people died as a result of blast injuries.

However, Havrylko said that the police has information about citizens who died by violent death. This will be reported in more detail after the examination.

Havrylko noted that there are currently 43 mass burials in Donetsk Oblast. In addition, the Oblast Police is regularly receiving information about spontaneous burials in the courtyards of residential buildings, where graves may contain up to 10 people.

The police spokesperson also said that the body of a civilian man was found in the vicinity where the Russian military was based. The victim's body and the territory [of the Russian military base - ed.] were mined. Preliminary conclusions of the examination state that the man was shot.

Background:

  • On the afternoon of 2 October, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that the mop-up operation in Lyman (Donetsk Oblast) from Russian invaders was over.
  • On 5 October, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy showed what the city of Lyman in Donetsk Oblast looked like after its liberation from the Russian invaders.
  • On 5 October, more than 50 graves of civilians were found in liberated Lyman in Donetsk Oblast. Not all of those who were buried were identified; some grave markers were simply numbers.
  • On 7 October it was reported that two burial sites were found in the liberated city of Lyman in Donetsk Oblast. One of them consisted of individual civilian graves and the other was a mass grave.
  • On 9 October, law enforcement officers exhumed 20 bodies from the mass burial of people killed by the occupiers in the city of Lyman, Donetsk Oblast. Among the victims there were children and soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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