Moscow, September 19 (EFE).- The Kremlin on Monday called a “lie” the alleged war crimes committed by the Russian army in northeastern Ukraine during its recent withdrawal from Kharkov province.

“It’s the same script as in Bucha. Everything happens according to the same script. It’s a lie,” presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in his daily press conference call.

Peskov added that Russia will defend “the truth in this story”.

After reclaiming the eastern region of Kharkov during a counter-offensive against the Russian army, the Ukrainian government has uncovered the discovery of 440 graves and a dozen alleged Russian torture chambers in the liberated territories.
Today’s comment from the Kremlin is the first official Russian reaction to the Ukrainian allegations.

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Damage in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. EFE/EPA/SERGEY SHESTAK

The UN human rights mission to Ukraine said it planned to verify the grim findings on the ground.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky compared the situation his soldiers found in Bucha after the withdrawal of Russian troops and accused the Kremlin of torture.

“It is premature to put forward figures on the people who were buried there. Investigations are still ongoing,” the Ukrainian leader said.

The Czech Presidency of the European Union (EU) in turn called for the establishment of a special tribunal to try the crimes allegedly committed by Russian troops in the region of Izium, one of the towns recovered by Ukraine in the Kharkov region.

Last March, Russia called the discovery of civilian bodies in Bucha, on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, a “set-up” and regretted that the “staged” had been staged three days after troops in a move of “good will” the Russian forces will leave the regions of Kyiv and Chernigov.

Edited by Nuria Santesteban

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