It is the Polish cardinal’s fourth trip to Ukraine since the start of the war. Pope Francis sent the cardinal as his personal representative to “be with the people who are suffering.”
Bishop Pavlo Honcharuk of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia, Ukraine said that Krajewski gives away rosaries wherever he goes in war torn Ukraine, including at security checkpoints.
The Ukrainian bishop, who visited the mass grave with Krajewski, told ANSA that “there was a very strong stench” at the site, where they witnessed bodies dug up without legs.
Honcharuk said that they also visited a police station where he said that people were kept in “terrible conditions: cold, humid, dark, dirty, completely inhumane” during the Russian’s six month occupation of the area.
Reuters has reported that 146 bodies, mostly civilians including two children, have been exhumed so far in Izium at the makeshift gravesites marked by wooden crosses.