Russian attack on Kharkiv cemetery intentional, PAP reporter says

The cemetery also contains the graves of Polish officers executed by the Soviets in Kharkiv during the 1940 Katyn Forest Massacre. The victims had initially been buried in mass graves near the city. Andrzej Lange/PAP

The Russian army's shelling of a Kharkiv cemetery containing the graves of victims of Stalinism was intentional, PAP's reporter in the city has said.

The cemetery, located in Kharkiv's Piatykhatky district and containing graves of Polish officers, came under Russian artillery fire on Wednesday.

PAP's Andrzej Lange said that no other objects in the area had been targeted, which suggests the attack was aimed specifically at the cemetery.

The Totalitarianism Victims' Cemetery in Kharkiv-Piatykhatky was erected in 1999-2000 to house the graves of victims of the infamous Stalinist purges of 1937-38.

The cemetery also contains the graves of Polish officers executed by the Soviets in Kharkiv during the 1940 Katyn Forest Massacre. The victims had initially been buried in mass graves near the city.