Ukrainians exhume bodies at grave site in Izium

STORY: Further bodies were exhumed on Sunday from a forest grave site in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian officials said last week they had found 440 bodies in the woodlands near Izium. They said most of the dead were civilians and the causes of death had not been established.

Residents have been searching for dead relatives at the site where emergency workers began exhuming bodies last week. The causes of death for those at the grave site have not yet been established, although residents say some died in an air strike.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a video address on Saturday that authorities had found a mass grave containing the bodies of 17 soldiers in Izium, some of which he said bore signs of torture.

The Kremlin has not commented on the discovery of the graves, but in the past Moscow has repeatedly denied deliberately attacking civilians or committing atrocities.