A horrendous site of over 900 dead bodies were found in mass graves near Kyiv according to reports from officials Friday. The findings are evidence of “further atrocities allegedly committed by Russian troops against the civilian population” reports the Associated Press.
Andriy Nebytov, the head of Kyiv’s regional police force, told reporters that more than “900 civilian bodies have been discovered in the region surrounding the Ukrainian capital following the withdrawal of Russian forces.”
“Most” of the bodies found were “fatally shot, police said Friday, an indication that many people were ‘simply executed.’”
Nebytov “cited police data indicating that 95% died from gunshot wounds,” according to the report. “Consequently, we understand that under the [Russian] occupation, people were simply executed in the streets,” Nebytov said.
“Consequently, we understand that under the (Russian) occupation, people were simply executed in the streets,” added Nebytov.
He also said more bodies are being discovered every day. The largest number in a mass grave was found in Bucha, where there were more than 350 executed bodies.
The Associated Press also noted that according to Nebytov, utilities workers in Bucha gathered and buried bodies in the Kyiv suburb while it remained under Russian control. Russian troops, he added, were “tracking down” people who expressed strong pro-Ukrainian views.
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The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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