Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials say some of the bodies found in Izium bear “signs of torture.”


Women stand next to a residential building destroyed by a military strike in the town of Izium recently liberated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on September 15. (Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/Reuters)

Much of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region has been retaken by Ukrainian forces, but the army says the liberated areas are now being bombarded by Russian artillery.

The civil military administration of Kharkiv region said on Friday that “on the last day, the enemy massively bombarded settlements in the newly liberated Kharkiv region in Kharkiv, Kupyansk and Izium districts. Residential buildings were destroyed; there are wounded.”

The administration said that 10 people were injured in the Kupiansk district, including two children. Another person was injured in the district of Izium, and another in the district of Kharkiv, he said.

The Kharkiv area near the Russian border was also attacked, he added that there were rockets in the town of Zolochiv, north of the city of Kharkiv.

Elsewhere, in Luhansk: The administration of the eastern Luhansk region said that fighting continues along the contact line, but that there were no further changes in Ukrainian-held territory. Long-range artillery strikes by Ukrainian forces have caused heavy casualties among Russian units in the Perevalsk area, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the front lines.

Donetsk: In Donetsk, regional authorities said Russian forces continued to shell settlements around Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Toretsk, killing five civilians. Despite the mandatory evacuation of the region, thousands of civilians have not left their homes.

Dnipropetrovsk: Further south, in the Dnipropetrovsk region, the cities of Kryvyi Rih and Nikopol have caught fire. Local authorities have reported widespread damage in Nikopol from Russian rocket attacks. “The Russians aimed their missiles at critical infrastructure. There is serious destruction of hydraulic structures,” Valentyn Reznichenko, head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, said of Kryvyi Rih.

Earlier this week, missile attacks on water infrastructure caused flooding along the Inhulets River south of Kryvyi Rih.

Kherson: The regional military administration in the southern Kherson region said Ukrainian forces there had made little progress, saying “the situation in the region remains difficult.”

He said that Russian forces tried to launch an attack towards the town of Ivanivka, but were driven back with losses. In addition, Ukrainian rocket and artillery units carried out 140 fire missions.