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26 July 2021, 13:25

Over 100 new war mass graves of civilians found in Belarus

Andrei Shved
Andrei Shved

MINSK, 26 July (BelTA) – More than 100 new mass graves of civilians killed by the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War have been discovered in Belarus, Belarusian Prosecutor General Andrei Shved told journalists on 26 July, BelTA has learned.

“We have questioned more than 4,000 witnesses, established the identities of over 400 participants of punitive operations, who now live in 13 countries, and discovered more than 100 new mass graves of civilians,” Andrei Shved said.

According to him, these places hold thousands, sometimes up to 15,000-20,000 residents of the BSSR killed during the Great Patriotic War. “We have teamed up with the Investigative Committee and law enforcement agencies. The work is in full swing,” Andrei Shved noted. “We are working in the archives of the Russian Federation and of our special services in order to collect a body of evidence of the genocide of the Belarusian nation during the war to be presented to the international court,” he added.

The investigation has also found new evidence that the white-red-white symbols were a mandatory element of the uniform of those who took part in punitive expeditions, Andrei Shved said. “We have almost finished collecting the appropriate materials to appeal to the Supreme Court to declare this flag an extremist symbol,” he added.

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