Sep 18, 2022
Mass grave site found in recaptured Ukraine city Transcript
Authorities dug up bodies at mass grave site in the newly liberated city of Izium in Ukraine, with the country saying more than 440 people including children have been buried there. Read the transcript here.
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David Muir: (00:00)
… tonight in the horrors uncovered in a mass graveyard in a region retaken from Russian forces. More than 440 bodies have been found, most believed to be Ukrainian civilians, many with their hands and feet tied, most with evidence of violent deaths. Given these new discoveries, President Zelensky once again calling on the world to label Russia a state sponsor of terror. ABC’s Tom Soufi Burridge in Ukraine again tonight.
Tom Soufi Burridge: (00:25)
Tonight, horrifying new evidence of alleged Russian atrocities. Authorities digging up body after body at a mass grave site in the newly liberated Ukrainian city of Izium, Ukraine calling it genocide, saying more than 440 people, including children, are buried here. Many victims showing signs of torture, legs bound, hands tied behind their backs, some with broken bones and ropes around their necks. This Ukrainian official showing the crosses marking the graves of an entire family, a mother, a father, their six year old daughter and grandparents all believed to have been killed by a Russian air strike. Tonight, President Zelensky reiterating his call to label Russia a sponsor of terrorism, something he pushed for last week, sitting down with David.
David Muir: (01:15)
The world has seen the atrocities. What does justice look like?
President Zelensky: (01:20)
I think that those responsible should not just go to hell. No. They should have fair trials, fair, independent trials. Now, we ask the United States to recognize Russia, the country sponsor of terrorism.
Tom Soufi Burridge: (01:37)
Press today, The White House saying that labeling Russia a sponsor of terrorism could limit the flow of humanitarian aid into Ukraine and acknowledging the horrors in Izium.
John Kirby: (01:47)
It’s horrifying. It’s repugnant, and sadly, it’s in keeping with the kind of depravity and the brutality with which Russian forces have been prosecuting this ward.
Tom Soufi Burridge: (01:57)
After that stunning Ukrainian offensive that liberated the Kharkiv region, Vladimir Putin today admitting he won’t achieve his main goal of capturing the entire Eastern Donbass region anytime soon, defiantly claiming Russia is in no rush.
Tom Soufi Burridge: (02:16)
Today, the US releasing another $600 million worth of military aid, taking the total US spend on this war to 15 billion dollars. David.
David Muir: (02:26)
Tom Soufi Burridge in Kharkiv again tonight. Tom, thank you.
George Stephanopoulos: (02:31)
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