As a reminder, Ukrainian military declared their innocence in murder of civilians, the graves of whom have been allegedly discovered in the vicinity of adjacent villages of Kommunar and Nyzhnia Krynka on the outskirts of the town of Makiivka in the Donetsk region, which has been previously reported by Russian media.
Village of Nyzhnia Krynka on the outskirts of Makiivka
Terrorists, who currently control the outskirts of Makiivka, claim that the graves had been pointed out by the locals, who also allegedly told that the murders had been committed by Ukrainian military. According to them, field rations were found near the graves, which are normally used by members of Ukrainian military. Russian authorities declared it a "war crime," and demanded putting up a special committee under the aegis of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of people found in the graves.
Representatives of the OSCE have visited the village of Kommunar and confirmed that the graves had been found and they had seen them. However, the head of press service of the special commission of the OSCE in Ukraine Michael Bociurkiw indicated that those were "unmarked graves," not "mass graves" as reported by Russian media.
A statement released Wednesday by the mission of the OSCE in Ukraine noted that representatives of the so-called "military police" of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' showed them three of the graves with several bodies in each of them, as they claimed, in the village of Kommunar and its vicinity. Near a mine in the village, OSCE observers inspected two sites within 50 meters from one another, each of them containing two dead bodies. Eight shells from Makarov pistol were found five meters from those bodies.
Terrorist in the village of Nyzhnia Krynka
OSCE representatives were photographed by Reuters photographer Marko Djurica next to an alleged grave (a small mound of soil) with a handmade sign. An inscription "Died for Putin's lies" is clearly visible on the plaque, with a few names with dates of birth and death.
At least three of the four names are male: Yuri, Sergii, Maxym. The fourth inscription is "AF (armed forces?) of Russia," with a number, which presumably is a military identification number. This gives us reason to assume that no papers have been found on the deceased apart from his badge.
The second date (which appears to be the date of death) is the same for all four, Aug. 27 this year. Ria Novosti photo service published selected photos of Nyzhnia Krynka. One of the photos shows the sign, but the inscription is unintelligible. The photo set was titled "At the burial site of civilians near Donetsk." The OSCE message reads that the alleged grave with abovementioned plaque is located near the road leading into the village. The representatives of the OSCE emphasize that experts of medical examiner's office weren't present, that's why they cannot provide information about the legitimacy of claims about the existence of that grave or body count in it.
Radio Svoboda's reader Maria Golubeva commented the article saying that the sign "Died for Putin's lies" appeared online back in September. The photo clearly shows all the names.