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Zelenskyy urged UN officials to ask Russian officials why their military is ‘so obsessed with castration’ after sharing what was found at Izium

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, right, from a video addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters on September 21, 2022.Jason DeCrow/AP

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

  • He shared his findings in Izium, where bodies trapped under rubble and a mass burial site were discovered.

  • One of the men was castrated, and “this is not the first case,” Zelenskyy said.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged members of the United Nations to confront their Russian counterparts over one of the most horrific acts of violence that Ukrainian officials say have taken place throughout the seven-month invasion and recently uncovered in Izium: castration.

“Ask the representatives of Russia, please, why the Russian military is so obsessed with castration,” the Ukrainian president said in an impassioned speech to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. “What did we do to them to make them want to do this to others?

In the pre-recorded speech, Zelenskyy called for peace while demanding a “comprehensive package” of restrictions against Russia to punish them for crimes he says were committed during the invasion of Ukraine.

While the assembly was underway, the Ukrainian president also said that the excavation of the mass burial site in Izium, which contained 445 graves, was underway, and he shared some of the violent finds in the Kharkiv region.

“Bodies of women and men, children and adults, civilians and soldiers were found there,” Zelenskyy said.

“There is a family who died under the rubble of a house in a Russian airstrike – a father, a mother, daughters aged six and eight, grandparents. There is a man who has strangled with a rope. There is a woman with broken ribs and wounds on her body. There is a man who was castrated before the murder, and this is not the first case,” he said. , later wondering why Russian soldiers keep castrating people.

It was not the first time that a Ukrainian official had reported acts of violence committed by Russian soldiers against civilians.

In July, Ukrainian MP Inna Sovsun shared what appeared to depict the castration of a Ukrainian captive by Russian soldiers, although the identity of the victim and perpetrators was unclear.

Another image surfaced online a week later of a skull placed on a stick outside a building in the eastern Ukrainian town of Popasna, which was captured by the Russian army. Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk province, suggested the skill belonged to a Ukrainian prisoner and was placed on a stick by Russian soldiers.

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