Russians dig over 1,500 new graves near occupied Mariupol, reports BBC

7 November 2022, 03:31 PM
Drama theater in Mariupol (Photo:REUTERS/Stringer)

Drama theater in Mariupol (Photo:REUTERS/Stringer)

Russian invasion forces have dug more than 1,500 new graves at a mass burial site near the occupied city of Mariupol, the BBC reported on Nov. 7 after analyzing satellite imagery.

Recent satellite images show that three mass burial sites near Mariupol – in Staryy Krym, Manhush and Vynohradne – have been steadily growing since spring.

“The Centre for Information Resilience analyzed the images of Staryy Krym for the BBC's Panorama programme and concluded that 1,500 new graves had been dug there since it last analyzed images at the site in June,” BBC said.

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It estimates that “more than 4,600 graves have been dug there since the beginning of the war, although it says it cannot know how many bodies are buried at the site.”

According to the Azov Regiment, one of the Ukrainian army units that defended Mariupol until it was captured by the Russians in May, at least 25,000 local residents were killed in Mariupol by the Russian invasion forces.

Earlier, Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko said that due to problems with water supplies, the city is threatened with an infectious disease disaster, which could result in more than 10,000 deaths by the end of this year.

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