Ukraine researchers of Institute of National Memory has discovered the largest Stalin-era mass graves which is said to be 80-years old.
Around,5,000 to 8,000 human remains were found in 29 graves, discovered in the southern city of Odessa.
The graves were uncovered during exploration works for a planned expansion of an airport.
It is believed that the graves belongs to the victims of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s Great Purge campaign of the 1930s .
However, exploration work is being carried out find the exact number of men and women buried in the graves.
According to the historians, the site may be one of the largest of its kind in the country
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Moreover, the Memorial Human Rights Center in Moscow, revealed that at least 12 million innocent people were jailed or executed in the Soviet Union between the 1930s and 1950s.
And, the Gulag History Museum in the Russian capital stated, “the number of such people was around 20 million, of whom more than 1 million were executed.”
Earlier in June, Canada uncovered over 700 unmarked graves at a former Indigenous residential school in southern Saskatchewan.
What do we know about the graves?
Members of the Cowessess First Nation and Canada’s Federation of Sovereign Indigenous First Nations (FSIN) said that the graves were found at the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan province.
The former school, which operated between 1899 to 1997, is located close to where the Cowessess now reside, some 140 kilometers (87 miles) east of the provincial capital Regina.
The First Nation, who took control of the school’s cemetery in 1970, followed calls to investigate all former Indigenous residential schools for possible unmarked graves.
Chief Cadmusn Delmore of the Cowessess said at one point the graves were marked, but he added that the Roman Catholic Church, which operated the school, had removed the markers.
“The pope needs to apologize for what happened,” he said. “An apology is one stage in the way of a healing journey.”