Some 1,400 new graves appeared at the Starokrymske Cemetery in Mariupol between May 12 and June 29, British Center for Information Resilience (CIR) report, published on July 15, reads.
CIR researchers studied satellite images from Planet Labs PBC and found that as of May 12, the number of graves in Mariupol's cemetery has increased by 1,700 since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion. Additional 1,400 graves appeared by June 29, making it a total of 3,100 graves.
According to satellite images, between October 21, 2021 and March 28, 2022 some 1,000 graves appeared in the cemetery, and now every month there are five times more than before the full-scale war with Russia.
The CIR added that the high death rate in Mariupol during the battles for the city “correlates with Russian movements and incessant shelling within a reasonable proximity” by the invaders. Also, after the capture of the city, hundreds of dead were found under the rubble of destroyed buildings.
“Our report illustrates the continuing, extreme pressure on civilian life in Ukraine, especially in occupied areas,” said Benjamin Strick, the director of investigations at CIR. “Makeshift burials and the growing number of graves around Ukraine, particularly in and around occupied areas, is a stark illustration of the civilian death toll following the Russian invasion.”
Earlier, journalists from the “Schemes” investigative program reported that mass graves in the village of Stary Krym near Mariupol had doubled compared to early May.
An adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andryushchenko, said that based on an analysis of satellite images of four mass graves near the city, at least 20,000 people were buried in mass graves.
On June 27, Andryushchenko said that during the examination of one of the destroyed houses in the Livoberezhnyy District of Mariupol, more than 100 bodies were found under the rubble, which the Russian invading forces weren’t planning to bury.
According to the preliminary data at least 25,000 residents died in the city, due to the actions of the Russians, who bombed the residential areas, civilian infrastructure of Mariupol and created a humanitarian catastrophe in the city. To hide the traces of their crimes, the Russians brought mobile crematoriums to Mariupol and forced local residents to bury the dead in mass graves in the vicinity of the city.