Kremlin says Ukraine war crimes allegations a 'lie'.


The Kremlin has rejected accusations that Russian forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine's Kharkiv province, calling them "lies", reports Reuters.

About 450 bodies, which Ukraine says are mostly civilians, were found in mass graves near Izium after Russian troops were forced this month to leave the Kharkiv region, which they had largely controlled since the first weeks of their military campaign in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said investigators at the scene found evidence of torture, including bodies with their hands bound, and accused Russian troops of committing war crimes.

Asked about Zelensky's statements on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: "It's the same scenario as in Bucha. It is a lie and of course, we will defend the truth in this story."

Russia has previously rejected claims that its troops committed war crimes in Bucha, outside Kyiv after evidence emerged of civilians being killed while the city was controlled by Russian troops following Russia's withdrawal at the end of March.

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