Wednesday, May 25, 2022

REPORT: Large mass grave near Mariupol could hold thousands of corpses…

Several satellite images show a large mass grave on the outskirts of Mariupol, the port city besieged for nearly two months by Russian troops and where Ukrainian authorities believe tens of thousands of people have died.

There could be as many as 300 graves, which could hold between 5,000 and 9,000 corpses, near a cemetery in the town of Manhush, about 20 kilometers from Mariupol.

An analysis of the images by The New York Times and The Washington Post shows how the graves were dug over two weeks between March and April, while Russian forces were in control of the town.

The first rows of pits appeared in images captured between March 23 and 26. Satellite images captured two weeks later, on April 6, show an expansion of the site, with nearly 300 graves dug.

The mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, reported the discovery of this new mass grave of about 30 meters in extent dug by Russian troops.

In declarations to television, picked up by the Interfax Ukraina agency, Boychenko pointed out that there is information that “all these crimes occurred in the city of Mariupol and which have signs of war crimes, of genocide” are being hidden by the Russian troops in mass graves.

The mayor’s advisor Petro Andryushchenko said that all the bodies were placed in plastic bags, which confirms preliminary reports about the “accumulation” of bodies elsewhere in the industrial zone of Mariupol.

“This is direct evidence of war crimes and the attempt to conceal them,” stressed the advisor, who also publishes a photograph from the air with the location of this mass grave.