Updated 7:19 p.m. Moscow Time
GENEVA, October 3 (RIA Novosti) – Signs of genocide in Ukraine are becoming more and more evident as mass graves are being discovered in eastern Ukraine, the speaker of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament said Friday.
“A lot of tortured and killed civilians are being found in territories recently controlled by Kiev, more and more secret graves are being discovered… Signs of genocide are becoming more and more clear, [signs of] a national regional Russian-speaking minority being killed only for belonging to this group,” State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said.
On September 23, several mass graves with over 400 bodies of civilians and pro-independence fighters, apparently killed execution-style, were found some 21 miles northeast of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
Independence supporters of southeastern Ukraine claim that the massacre was carried out by Ukraine's National Guard fighters, who had stayed in the area since April, when Kiev launched its military operation in the region. Ukrainian authorities have denied the accusation.
Earlier in the week, Russian Investigative Committee claimed it has irrefutable evidence of the National Guard and the Right Sector nationalist group's participation in the mass killings.