Mass grave in Izyum, new military aid from US and successes of Ukrainian army in the south: last night's highlights
16 September, 2022
A mass grave of Ukrainian soldiers and more than 460 new burials were found near Izyum; the United States announced a new $600 million military aid package for Ukraine; the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed more than 70 Russians, five tanks and other equipment in the south. Here is what you may have missed from the previous night.

Mass burial near Izyum

A mass grave of Ukrainian soldiers was found at the cemetery near Izyum, where up to 25 Ukrainian defenders are buried. In total, more than 460 new graves have appeared at the local cemetery during the occupation.

This was reported by the correspondent of hromadske with reference to the Commissioner for Missing Persons Oleh Kotenko. Currently, sappers have finished checking the area around the mass grave. The exhumation of the bodies is scheduled for September 16.

New military assistance

On September 15, U.S. President Joe Biden announced a new military aid package worth $600 million for Ukraine.

The Pentagon explained that the package contains additional ammunition for HIMARS systems, tens of thousands of conventional 105 mm artillery rounds, 1,000 high-precision 155 mm rounds, anti-drone systems, demining equipment, etc.

Successes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the south

On September 15, Ukrainian troops destroyed 71 Russian troops on the southern front, as well as 27 units of weapons and equipment of the Russians, according to Operational Command "South".

They confirmed that the Russian occupation troops in the south suffered losses during the day:

  • 5 tanks;
  • 14 armored vehicles;
  • multiple launch rocket system Grad;
  • self-propelled artillery and mortar launcher Nona-S;
  • self-propelled artillery system Gvozdika;
  • self-propelled anti-aircraft mount Shilka;
  • two Msta-B howitzers;
  • two mortars of 120 mm caliber.

Sanctions against Kadyrov and his relatives

The U.S. imposed sanctions against Chechnya governor Ramzan Kadyrov, his wife and three daughters. Putin's aide Maksim Oreshkin and Russian Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights Maria Lvova-Belova were also sanctioned.

Return of Ukrainians to Ukraine

About 5 million Ukrainians who left the country after Russia's full-scale invasion have already returned from the EU to their native country. This was reported by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen during her visit to Kyiv on September 15.

She noted that a total of 8 million Ukrainians arrived in the EU during the full-scale invasion. 5 million of them have already returned.

Statement of the Pope

The Pope stressed that the supply of weapons to Ukraine to help defend against Russian aggression is morally acceptable. At the same time, Francis urged Kyiv to be open to a possible dialogue.

Agreement between Ukraine, Moldova and Romania

Ukraine, Moldova and Romania have agreed to increase cross-border capacity to increase the volume of electricity trade between the countries. This was announced by Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.