A DISTURBING picture shows bodies of slaughtered Russian soldiers laid out in a Z shape as courageous Ukrainian forces drive Vladimir Putin’s troops out of Kharkiv.
Streets and fields surrounding town are reportedly plagued by bodies, with journalists describing the outskirts as an “open-air morgue”.
Kharkiv has suffered fixed bombardment since the war began late in February – with many of town’s a million terrified residents fleeing to security.
One horrifying picture seems to indicate 4 lifeless soldiers organized in a Z shape – the image of Russia’s bloody invasion – in a village retaken by Ukrainian forces on Kharkiv’s outskirts.
Based on Related Press journalists, the lifeless soldiers had been carrying white armbands generally utilized by Russian fighters, whereas Russian medical kits had been seen near the bodies.
It might be thought of a conflict crime.
The Z symbol has been spotted on the perimeters of Russian army automobiles all through the conflict.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the “Z” symbol means “for the victory” and prevents Russian forces from attacking their very own automobiles but in addition lets opposing forces establish them.
In the meantime, Ukrainian forces uncovered a physique inside an house the place they’d been taking shelter, as nicely as two in a burned-out automobile as they retook a village close to Kharkiv.
It comes as Russian troops started storming the metal mill that represented the final pocket of resistance in Mariupol, Ukrainian defenders stated, simply as a convoy carrying scores of civilians evacuated from the plant over the weekend reached the relative security of a Ukrainian-controlled metropolis.
Osnat Lubrani, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, stated that because of the evacuation effort, 101 girls, males, youngsters and older individuals may lastly depart the bunkers beneath the Azovstal steelworks and see the daylight after two months.
The information for these left behind was extra grim, nonetheless, as Ukrainian fighters stated Russian forces began storming the sprawling plant, which features a maze of tunnels and bunkers.
Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of Ukraines Azov Regiment, stated the Russians had been mounting a heavy assault with the help of armored automobiles and tanks, with makes an attempt to land troops from boats and a big quantity of infantry.
The quantity of Ukrainian fighters holed up inside was unclear, however the Russians estimated the quantity at 2,000 weeks in the past, and there have been studies that 500 had been wounded.
A couple of hundred civilians additionally remained there, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk stated.
He stated that all through the night time, the plant was hit with naval artillery hearth and airstrikes. Two civilian girls had been killed and 10 civilians had been wounded, he stated.
After failing to take Kyiv in the early weeks of the conflict, Russia withdrew from across the capital and introduced that its chief goal was the seize of Ukraine’s japanese industrial heartland, identified as the Donbas.
However to this point, Russias troops and their allied separatist forces seem to have made solely minor positive factors in the japanese offensive.
They’ve solely taken a number of small cities as they attempt to advance in comparatively compact teams in opposition to staunch Ukrainian resistance.