Invading Russian forces are disguising a mass grave in the town of Manhush to hide the real number of Ukrainian civilians killed in the port city of Mariupol, the press service of Mariupol City Council reported on the Telegram messenger on April 25.
"The invaders are again trying to hide the scale of the genocide in Mariupol. They're disguising a large mass grave in Manhush with 'plaques.' So far, it's going very badly," reads the report.
The City Council also published photos of plaques on one of the burial sectors. Judging by the numbering, there are at least 268 graves in that area.
"We see four such sectors in satellite images as of April 9. Therefore, Russian propagandists themselves have documented the murder of 1,000 Mariupol residents," the press service added.
The City Council also said that it confirms its preliminary estimate of the number of Ukrainians buried in the Manhush mass grave, namely from 3,000 to9,000 people.
In the morning of April 21, Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko said on Ukrainian TV that local residents discovered a new mass grave, 30 meters long, dug by the invaders.
Satellite images taken by Maxar Technologies, a private investigative organization, revealed the existence of a mass grave in the village.
According to their images, the first of the new graves appeared on March 23-26, and more have kept appearing over the past few weeks.
On the evening on April 21, journalists of from Schemes, a media project by Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, published their own images of a mass grave in Manhush. The images showed that it was a trench more than 300 meters long.