Russia plans to fake massacre in Mariupol, blame Ukrainian military for invaders’ crimes – SBU

5 April, 07:34 PM
Russian invaders are collecting the bodies of those killed as a 
result of Russian shelling of Mariupol (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

Russian invaders are collecting the bodies of those killed as a result of Russian shelling of Mariupol (Photo:Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters)

Russia is preparing a large-scale provocation in Mariupol so as to accuse the Ukrainian military of crimes committed by the Russian invaders themselves, Ukraine’s SBU security service claimed on April 5.

According to the SBU, the invaders are planning to collect in one place the bodies of Mariupol citizens who died from shelling, and then present them as victims of a massacre by Ukrainian forces.

“For this, false statements that allegedly ‘Ukrainians use civilians as human shields’ have recently been spread,” the SBU said. “In fact, it is Russian forces killing Mariupol citizens – back in early March, the city was forced to bury the dead in mass graves.”

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Mariupol has been under siege by Russian forces since March 1. The city has no access to water, electricity, heat or communications. Many cannot find their relatives who remained in the city since the full-scale invasion of Russia and the blockade by the invaders. People killed who have no one to bury them are buried by public utilities in mass graves.

Russian invaders are blocking the centralized evacuation from the city. People can leave Mariupol only on foot or by private car.

According to the latest reports, about 5,000 civilians have died in Mariupol since the blockade, 210 of them children. At the moment, about 100,000 people remain there.

Some areas of Mariupol are controlled by Russian invaders.

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