The Ukrainian military was planning to pass off the remains of over a thousand servicemen and nationalists as the bodies of civilians allegedly killed in Mariupol by the Russian army, the Donetsk People’s Militia (DNR) said.
“This time, the UAF command was tasked by the office of the president (of Ukraine. – Ed.) to discredit the actions of the Russian troops by showing the Western public the mass graves of civilians allegedly killed by artillery shelling and airstrikes during a special military operation,” the agency said in a statement.
For this purpose, a hundred-meter-long trench more than two meters deep was dug in the cemetery in Mariupol, where it was planned to bury the remains of dead Ukrainian security forces and nationalists “as evidence of mass civilian deaths.
“According to the scenario, servicemen of the 72nd Center for Information and Psychological Operations of the AFU special operations forces conducted staged photos and videos of the ‘mass grave’ totaling up to 1,300 dead,” the People’s Militia added.
It is emphasized that the falsified materials have already spread in the Western media. The DNR did not rule out that this scenario could be repeated in other Ukrainian cities where civilians are forcibly detained.
On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation to demilitarize Ukraine. Vladimir Putin called its goal “to protect people who have been subjected to abuse, genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” According to a statement from the Defense Ministry, the armed forces are striking only military infrastructure and troops. Units of the DNR and LNR are developing an offensive with the support of the Russian army.
Moscow also reports the destruction of mercenaries in Ukraine. For example, on the morning of March 13, the Russian military carried out a precision-guided attack on the Yavorivsky military training ground in the Lviv region, eliminating up to 180 people and a large shipment of foreign weapons.
According to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as of March 14, more than 630 civilians were killed and more than 1,100 wounded during the conflict.
These statistics include casualties in the DPR and LPR territories, which, according to OHCHR calculations, account for 26 deaths and 130 casualties. However, based on the published figures, more than 20 people killed in the Tochka-U attack on Donetsk on March 14 were not included in these statistics.