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New burial site found near Donetsk

September 28, 2014, 14:51 UTC+3 DONETSK
The mass grave was found near the village of Nizhnyaya Krynka where a battalion of the Ukrainian National Guard had been stationed two weeks ago
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DONETSK, September 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Militias in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have found another burial site near Donetsk, DPR First Vice-Premier Andrei Purgin said on Sunday.

The mass grave was found near the village of Nizhnyaya Krynka where a battalion of the Ukrainian National Guard had been stationed two weeks ago. “Another burial site has been discovered. It is located near the village of Nizhnyaya Krynka. Exhumation will help establish how many bodies are there and how these people died,” Purgin said.

This is not the first mass grave discovered by the Donetsk self-defense fighters on the territory earlier controlled by the Ukrainian troops, Purgin said. Mass graves found on Ukrainian National Guard positions in eastern Ukraine

Other mass burials

On September 23, reports came that Ukrainian people’s militia found mass burials in the area of mine No 22 “Kommunar” outside Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Medical examiners made a conclusion that the bodies found in one of the graves were killed by point-blank shots in the head. 

This area was previously controlled by the Ukrainian security forces and fighters of the Aidar battalion of the National Guard. The whole area will be examined. The militia say they found other graves that have not been opened up.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry believes the mass burial of civilians near Donetsk is a military crime that could have been committed by Ukraine’s National Guard, and insists on an urgent and comprehensive international probe into the case. Kiev has rejected the claims.

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