Mass Graves being unearthed in Izyum

A mass grave with some 440 bodies has been found in Izyum after Ukraine’s armed forces pushed the Russians out.  The bodies are mostly civilians, some showing signs of torture, some with their hands bound behind their backs. They are finding and identifying whole families that have been murdered, men, women and children.

This is a pattern being repeated all over occupied Ukraine, with authorities discovering mass graves in nearly every place they reoccupy, like Bucha.

Additionally, there are reports that Russia has taken thousands of Ukrainian children from the country back to Russia after orphaning them by killing their parents. This has echoes of the Nazis in WWII. An SS-initiated program called “Lebensborn” took as many as 400,000 Polish children they considered as having an Aryan appearance and handed them over to SS families for adoption while sending older kids to “German home schools.” These children were then “Germanized,” and spoke and lived as Germans. The infants taken never knew they were actually Polish and thought their German parents were their actual mothers and fathers. As for their own parents, they were often sent to concentration camps.

This is also the Russian way of war.  In 1943, a mass grave was found by German forces in the Katyn Forest. In shallow graves, they found the bodies of 22,000 Polish military officers all murdered by Soviet troops.

Ukrainians are even finding wounded Russian soldiers shot by their own comrades as they retreated to prevent them from falling into Ukraine’s hands.

Russia gave notice on September 16th that it would no longer be a party to the European Convention on Human Rights. Try to be surprised.

These mass graves will make a negotiated peace between Ukraine and Russia all but impossible. Russia will condition any peace deal to being excused from these human rights abuses and Ukraine will not grant it.  It would also resist any pressure by the US and the EU to just let it go for the sake of some future peace deal.